‘UK National Health Service on brink of collapse’

Britain’s former health minister warns the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) will crash, unless instant cash is injected into the healthcare system.

Norman Lamb says the NHS will crash within two years with catastrophic consequences unless the government orders a multibillion pound cash injection.

The stark warning comes amid mounting fears among senior NHS officials and local authorities that NHS and care services are approaching breaking point, according to the Guardian.

Lamb told the Observer that the conservative government was failing to admit the scale of problems.

He said an increasing number of private companies and other organizations contracted to provide care by local authorities are refusing to tender again because cash-starved councils, already hit by budget cuts of more than 40% since 2010, cannot pay enough to let them run adequate services.

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