'Running to stay still' – The King's Fund responds to data on the performance of the NHS provider sector for 2018/19

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Commenting on new data on the performance of the NHS provider sector for 2018/19, Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst at The King’s Fund, said:

‘Today’s figures show that in 2018/19 the NHS was running to stay still. While financial deficits on the NHS frontline are lower than the previous year, they are still far worse than planned and at unsustainable levels.

‘The NHS is treating more people than ever before and is in the grip of a workforce crisis. The new funding deal for the NHS will not wash these endemic pressures away. Unless the government delivers on its promises to address staffing shortages and provide investment and reform for social care and preventative services, it is hard to see how NHS providers can get back into the black and meet current waiting times standards.’

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