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£30bn NHS funding black hole

The NHS faces a funding black hole of £30 billion unless there is a "fundamental change" to the way the health care system is run, officials have warned.

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Officials set out 'call to action' on future of NHS

NHS England has set out a "call to action" to staff, the public and politicians to help it meet future demand after finding that the NHS faces a funding black hole of £30 billion.

The health bosses called for an "open and honest debate" on the future shape of NHS in a bid to tackle the rising demand for services, introduce new technology and meet patients' expectations.

NHS England has called for an 'open and honest debate' on the future of the NHS. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A document released by NHS England warns that improving the current system "will not be enough".

It states, "Without bold and transformative change to how services are delivered, a high quality yet free at the point of use health service will not be available to future generations".

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