Survey Finds MPs Fear for Free National Health Service (NHS)

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1st April 2014 16:24 - Health

Survey Finds MPs Fear for Free National Health Service (NHS): A recent cross-section survey of 100 MPs, conducted on behalf of the NHS Confederation, reveals that almost half (48%) fear an NHS ‘free at the point of need’ could soon be lost if no action is taken.

The survey also suggests that the majority (81%) of MPs believe the NHS in their constituency needs to meet the needs of patients in the future. Despite this, two-thirds (65%) said there was insufficient political will to permit change, while a quarter (25%) said they would not back changes to their local NHS if their constituents opposed the proposal.

NHS Confederation chief executive Rob Webster said:

“The resounding message from this survey is clear - we need an open and honest apolitical conversation between the public, patients, politicians and those delivering healthcare across our communities, about the future challenges facing the NHS.”

“We must then all support each other to drive forward the changes needed to ensure we can deliver a 21st century NHS where we have the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”

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