The Chair of NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Dr Wirin Bhatiani, recently criticised the allocation of funding within the NHS.
His comments at a board meeting were reported by Bolton News. Dr Bhatiani said:
"90 per cent of contacts are happening in primary care but not 90 per cent of investment.
"There is an imbalance, this is a national issue. 90 per cent of care is happening in the community and in primary care and unless we try and address the issue and beef up our social care some of [our] outcomes are not going to change."
Reacting to the comments a spokesperson for the National Health Action Party said: ‘Dr Bhatiani is right to ask why the government hasn’t set aside greater funds for primary care services.
The government pledged it would recruit an extra 5000 GPs between 2015-2020. Instead it oversaw 1000 GPs leave the profession. Under this government there has been a continual mismatch between fine sounding words and real performance.
If we are to reduce pressures on our overcrowded hospitals and struggling A&E services then the government ought to listen to the Royal College of General Practitioners, and provide general practice with an emergency cash injection of £2.5bn’
The National Health Action (NHA) Party was founded in 2012 to oppose the growing marketisation of the NHS.
The NHA Party stood against Jeremy Hunt in his SW Surrey constituency in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections, taking 12,093 votes in the latter: a 7.8% swing to NHA.
Dr Phil Hammond is the NHA’s latest parliamentary candidate and will be standing against Jacob Rees-Mogg at the next general election.