Political honesty needed over NHS cuts

Westminster Hall NHS debateKarin Smyth took part in a House of Commons debate on ‘Operational Productivity in NHS Providers’, which also involved contributions from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and his Labour Shadow, Andrew Gwynne MP.

Amongst the issues raised by the Bristol South MP during the debate were:

• The need for political honesty about the scale of the cost-cutting challenges faced by the NHS
• The over-complex management structures that make accountability in the NHS unclear
• The need to forge a political consensus on the NHS to ensure the greatest possible efficiency and a focus on quality

You can watch the full debate here:

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