FOM joins with other members of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians to tell PM ‘Quality of patient care threatened’
The Faculty of Occupational Medicine joined with other members of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and today wrote to the prime minister, Theresa May MP, to set out our concerns about the capacity and resources needed to meet the demands on the NHS.
The letter was signed by FOM Registrar Dr Julia Smedley and RCP president Professor Jane Dacre alongside the 49 members of Council, representing 33,000 doctors across 30 specialties as well as 750 physician associates.
The signatories are fully committed to the NHS and want to work with the government to build on the health service’s achievements. However, we are concerned the increase in patient need is outpacing the resources available, that services are ‘too often paralysed by spiralling demand to transform and modernise’, hospitals are ‘over-full, with too few qualified staff’ and services are ‘struggling or failing to cope’, and there are ‘increasing reports of staff contemplating the sad decision to leave the NHS’.
The letter can be read in full at: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/news/quality-patient-care-threatened-physicians-tell-pm