The King’s Fund responds to NHS England’s November board meeting

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Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said: ‘Today’s NHS England Board meeting is welcome recognition that we need to begin a discussion with the public about what the NHS can be expected to provide with the funds it has been given. 

‘The NHS must play its part by continuing to seek and deliver improvements in efficiency but these will not be sufficient to bridge the funding gap. Politicians and NHS leaders need to find common cause in engaging with the public and avoid adopting adversarial positions which will undermine public confidence in their stewardship of the NHS.’

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