The King's Fund responds to the Health and Social Care Committee’s report on clearing the backlog

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In response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s report, Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic, Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst at The King’s Fund, said: 
 
‘This helpful report highlights that even as Covid-19 piles more pressure on to the NHS, the full scale of care backlogs isn’t limited to hospital services and includes general practice and people waiting for mental health, ambulance and community care. Social care also continues to face pressures across the board. 
 
‘Government pledges for more funding and new initiatives, such as increasing NHS diagnostic capacity, will play an important role in recovery, but staff shortages that were endemic before the pandemic have left staff and services depleted.  
 
‘The government has provided more funding for health and care services but has so far failed to deliver a national plan to fundamentally address the workforce crisis. Without this plan, efforts to recover services and tackle rising backlogs will be hamstrung and patients will be left waiting longer for the care they need. The Health and Care Bill currently in parliament also offers the government a prime opportunity to enshrine in law a commitment to produce realistic projections of the health and care staff needed.’ 

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