Report warns NHS about obesity11th September 2007
A new report has warned over the problem of obesity and its effect on the way forward for the NHS in England.
The report was commissioned by the King's Fund. It looks closely at NHS performance for the last five years and is also concerned with thinking about the future of the health service.
The author of the report is Sir Derek Wanless, whose previous report - published in 2002- had a significant impact on the NHS budget.
The NHS received £43.2bn in additional funding from 2002-2007.
Sir Derek's report shows there have been improvements because of this increase in funding, including a greater number of staff, more equipment and improved waiting times.
However, he stated the NHS was not "on course to deliver... a world class" service in the future. He warned of the "frightening" problem faced by the NHS over the increase in the number of obese people in the population.
His report shows that almost half of the £43bn in extra funding received by the NHS was spent on staff salaries.
Sir Derek said the NHS would require an increase of 4.4% from next year in order to provide its current services.
A Department of Health spokesman said: "These issues will be central to decisions made in the next few weeks as part of the government's comprehensive spending review and the long-term review of the health service being conducted by Lord Darzi."
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