PLANS to expand NHS community services to help people stay well in their own homes have been scuppered by funding cuts, a new report has found.
NHS Providers, which represents English NHS trusts, said promises to prioritise NHS community services had been broken, with existing services being overstretched, underfunded and understaffed.
The report found that 52 per cent of community trusts said their funding had fallen in this financial year and 82 per cent were worried that community health services would not receive the investment they need.
Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said: “Eight years of austerity is seriously damaging the community health services we all rely on.
“At the very time when we should be investing more in community health provision, services are being restricted and vital staff like health visitors and district nurses are falling.
“Sadly, all that is on offer from this Tory government is more cuts and neglect.”
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