Stark absence of funding for healthcare as Chancellor sets out recovery plan

Thursday 9 July 2020

The RCR recognises and supports the focus on job protection and creation in yesterday’s economic update by Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP, comprising phase two of the UK’s coronavirus economic recovery. 

However, we remain concerned by the absence of a commitment to invest in healthcare and its workforce to ensure both are able to meet the backlog of care ahead of a possible second wave of COVID-19 transmission later in the year.

Responding to the summer update, Dr Jeanette Dickson, RCR President said:

"The Chancellor has laid out the details of his economic recovery plan which understandably entail further support for jobs as well as a number of other measures designed to boost the economy, and which will also improve society’s health and well-being.   

"However, he has missed a significant opportunity to demonstrate that he and the Government are listening to the concerns of health professionals, who have worked tirelessly throughout the acute phase of the pandemic, and who now face the uphill task of restoring health services amid the backlog of missed or delayed tests and treatment. 

"As doctors our primary goal is to ensure we give the very best care to patients.  Without further investment in the expansion of the already overstretched workforce in clinical radiology and clinical oncology, and funding for more imaging equipment and radiotherapy machines, patients risk even longer waits for a diagnosis and cancer treatment.         

"Now more than ever we need the Government to demonstrate its support for our health and care sectors not only by putting their hands together, but by putting them in their pockets."