Healthcare unions have contested British Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempt at reassuring the public that the publicly funded National Health Service (NHS) is at record funding levels. Instead, the unions suggested that May is in denial of the situation.
May on Sunday rejected warnings issued by the British Red Cross Chief Executive Mike Adamson on Friday that suggested that the NHS is facing a “humanitarian crisis.” Teams from the medical charity Red Cross were reportedly deployed in the East Midlands region to alleviate the escalating operational pressures in the hospitals in Britain.
“We call on the UK government to allocate immediate funding to stabilise the current system and set out plans towards creating a sustainable funding settlement for the future,” Adamson said in a statement.
However, in her first televised interview this year, with Sky News on Sunday, May acknowledged that there is an escalation of operational pressure but countered the claims by suggesting that the funding was “now at record levels for the NHS.” The prime minister also expressed disagreement with the characterization of the situation by Red Cross.
“We have an ageing population, this brings pressures, particularly in the interface between the health service and social care…We have taken some immediate steps in relation to that issue but we are also looking to ensure best practice in the NHS and looking for a long-term solution to what has been a problem that has been ducked by government over the years,” May told Sky News.