The British Medical Association has joined forces with eleven other trade unions to appeal to the Health and Social Care Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, for long-term additional funding of the NHS to try to tackle the on-going staffing crisis which is affecting the quality of care, adding to the current winter pressure on the service and increasing demands on those already working in the NHS.

The letter, also supported by the leaders of The Royal College of Midwives, the TUC, Unite, and Unison amongst others, highlights the increasing pressure on hard-working NHS staff due to staff shortages and the impact of this on the ability of the service to function effectively and offer an adequate standard of care.

Despite an additional injection of funding to the tune of £1.6 billion in November of last year, the NHS is currently experiencing severe pressures as people succumb to the impact of winter.

Non-urgent operations which should have taken place in January have been cancelled, patients are waiting in corridors on trolleys for treatment due to the lack of bed capacity, waiting times in A&E are increasing and, as reported in The Times today, medical students are now being called upon to assist with the growing demand.

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