Responding to the Government’s announcement of additional funding for NHS England, Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health, said:
“Although the injection of extra funding into NHS frontline services is to be welcomed, this falls short of being a comprehensive solution to the challenges facing the NHS. Important areas of health spending including staff training, public health, capital spending and social care will not receive any of this additional funding but will nevertheless be key to delivering a service that meets the future needs of patients.
“Failure to invest in the education and training of staff will directly impact patient care and is an issue that must be resolved urgently. We will be looking to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement to address this and provide certainty about future investment in this area”.