Hunt Must Admit ‘More’ Is Not The Same As ‘Enough’

Demand for health care has been rising and despite claims that it’s the fault of those pesky immigrants (all evidence points to this not being the case, but that’s just expert opinion), it’s actually because we have an ageing population who need long term, complex care for expensive conditions like diabetes, cancer, dementia and chronic frailty. We should see this as a success – we all get to live longer – but it also poses a staffing problem for the NHS. Not only do we need more staff to care for the rising demand, but more doctors retire daily and then become part of the demand, not part of the solution. We need to train a much larger number of doctors just to help us cope with the retirement bomb that is hitting our NHS, never mind to replace foreign doctors.