Senior Health Professionals Anxious About Future of NHS, Says Market Research

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4th June 2013 12:01 - Health

A recent health care market research report completed by the NHS Confederation has found that almost two thirds (64%) of health bosses think NHS patients’ experience will suffer as the service continues to try and make billions of pounds' worth of cuts following Whitehall directives.

The survey, which asked the views of 185 leaders of NHS organisations such as hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups, also suggested that more than a quarter (27%) felt the availability of certain drugs or treatments to suffer. 16% of respondents went as far as to say that they feared patient safety would be compromised.

More than half of respondents were worried about the financial state of the NHS, with two fifths (40%) saying it was ‘very serious’ and a further fifth (22%) calling it ‘the worst [financial situation] I have ever experienced’.

In terms of their opinion on the current government’s awareness of the situation, more than seven in ten (71%) stated that they did not think the government recognised the challenges that the service (the NHS) is facing.

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