NHS forced to rely on donations after cuts to NHS investment

An NHS trust has launched a crowdfunding appeal to buy equipment for its hospital unit.

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore says because the government money is going to staff and services, it’s making “investment in facilities difficult”.

The GMB union said it was a “damning indictment” of the lack of NHS funding under the Conservative government.

The “Make It Possible” project is the first time the NHS has been forced to rely on crowdfunding.

Rob Hurd, chief executive at the RNOH, said: “We have to be frank, capital is constrained in our National Health Service and investment in facilities is really difficult at this time.

“We are putting all our money into frontline nurses, doctors and providing the services. That means the infrastructure that we have got doesn’t get replaced as quickly as we would like. So we need the help of donations and charitable sources to make those additional investments.

“So we really value those donations because without them we cannot even get started.”

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