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Hospital trust chair, Lord Kerslake, quits over NHS funding

A fundamental review of the NHS is needed to address a financial crisis, according to Lord Kerslake, after quitting as the boss of a major hospital trust.

The former head of the civil service, who resigned as chairman of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London said the health service could not continue "staggering along" under the current funding levels.

Lord Kerslake

He said a "proper review", potentially on a cross-party basis, was required to address the future of the NHS - and how to pay for it.

NHS Improvement branded the trust's financial performance "unacceptable" but Lord Kerslake insisted that savings had been made.

We face some here and now issues. I am deeply concerned about the position generally, actually, in London where most of the hospitals are struggling. But there is also a big issue about social care as well which got no additional funding in the Budget.

And I think, deep down, what we need is a proper review, a cross-party review, I don't mind what it's called, that looks at what kind of NHS do we want, how much is it going to cost and then how are we going to pay for it.

Unless we do that we are just going to carry on staggering along, kicking the can down the road and not really addressing the fundamental issue.

– Lord Kerslake, speaking to BBC Radio 4

We know that King's NHS Foundation Trust faces huge financial challenges and we will support them to tackle these issues and continue to deliver high quality care for patients under a new chairman. We would like to thank Lord Kerslake for his service.

– Department of Health