Socialist Worker

Cuts help create £2 billion NHS deficit

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2475

The NHS is heading for a £2 billion deficit. New figures from health watchdog Monitor show that the NHS “overspent” by £930 million in three months.

The deficit has skyrocketed because of rising demand for care, the staffing crisis and budget cuts.

The NHS had a surplus of nearly £2 billion in 2009-10. Last year it had a deficit of nearly £1 billion. A Sunday Mirror newspaper investigation showed that 35,000 doctors and nurses could be sacked to save money.

Fewer staff will mean care deteriorates further.

Meanwhile, the Tories are pushing through immigration rules that will make it harder for nurses to come into Britain.

Migrants from outside the European Union will have to earn at least £35,000 a year after six years to remain in Britain. 

It is already difficult to recruit nurses from overseas.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was stopped from bringing over 275 Indian nurses this summer as they couldn’t get visas. 

Health campaigner Martin Rathfelder told Socialist Worker, “We’re already around 500 nurses short in Manchester, because so many are jacking it in. 

“The winter crisis has started—there’s a shortage of places.”

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