Budget 2017: NHS funding – All the changes explained


The NHS intent see £2.8 billion ploughed into English healthcare over the next two years.

Philip Hammond swayed that the extra cash – £1.6 billion in 2018/19 and £1.2 billion in 2019/20 – on not involve tax rises and have been drawn from government resources.

The Chancellor also acceded that the NHS is “under pressure now” and announced that the first £350 million will be done for this winter to help under pressure hospitals and GPs.

After the Budget communication the Government also made it clear that there will be a much needed elevator for nurses’ pay but other healthcare professionals look set to have the annual pay cap take care ofed.

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The NHS will see £2.8 billion ploughed into English healthcare throughout the next two years

It is central to this Government’s vision that the whole world has access to our NHS, free at the point of need

Chancellor Philip Hammond

To huzzahs from the Tory backbenches and glum faces opposite on the Labour frank bench, Mr Hammond unveiled his package for the NHS describing it as one of Britain’s “great sanatoria”.

He said it is “an essential part of what we are as a nation and a source of pride the measure and breadth of the country.”

He went on: “Dedicated NHS staff are handling the challenges of an ageing denizens and rapidly advancing technology with skill and commitment.”

He pointed out that the numeral of patients being treated is at record levels, cancer survival ratings are at their highest ever level, 17 million people are now capable to access GP appointments in the evenings and at weekends and public satisfaction amongst convalescent home inpatients is at its highest level in more than two decades.

He said: “It is central to this Regulation’s vision that everyone has access to our NHS, free at the point of need.

“That is why we indorsed and funded the NHS’s Five Year Forward View in 2014 and met its funding ask – supply an extra £10 billion in real terms per year by 2020.”

However, he underwent that even with the extra funding the NHS is under pressure.

And he declared the new £2.8 billion means that with other commitments the NHS purpose get overall an extra £7.5 billion over the next two years.

On preserves, he said: “Our nation’s nurses provide invaluable support to us all in our time of hugest need and deserve our deepest gratitude for their tireless efforts.”

And hinting at a large pay rise he said evidence will be put to the pay review body in due course.

He reckoned: “I want to assure NHS staff and patients, that if the Health Secretary’s talks harbour fruit, I will protect patient services by providing additional staking for such a settlement.”

The announcement came after NHS England boss Simon Stevens take a run-out powder stole a desperate plea for money for the health service earlier this month.


The at the outset £350 million will be spent this winter to help below pressure hospitals and GPs

He said that without more money for the NHS, the integer of patients waiting to be admitted to hospital in England to have surgery wishes rocket to five million by 2021.

Tory Commons health committee chairwoman Dr Sarah Wollaston, who is also a GP, accepted the extra investment.

She Tweeted: “I will be looking at detail of NHS announcements forward of commenting but glad Chancellor will be funding uplift in Agenda for Modification NHS pay in addition to today’sWEDS promises.”

NHS England chairman Sir Malcolm Gift welcomed the extra money in the Budget but warned: “We can no longer avoid the tough debate about what it is possible to deliver for patients with the rhino available.”

Richard Murray, director of policy for The King’s Fund, reckoned: “Even with this additional funding, the service will clash to meet key targets and provide the investment needed in services such as inclusive practice and mental health.”


The Government made it clear that there longing be a much needed lift for nurses’ pay

Nuffield Trust chief supervisor Nigel Edwards said: “As we and two other leading think tanks intentional, the figure really needed next year to get the NHS on a permanently stable standing would have been at least £4 billion.

“The new money levels off abstention: the year after next, the NHS will again face limited additional funding, and we may secure ourselves staring down the barrel once again.”

Rachel Power, chief managing director of the Patients Association, said: “This level of funding will not terminate the slide in NHS performance, in which patients are waiting longer for surgery, being treated on trolleys in passages, and increasingly being threatened with having to leave their make clears just to receive day-to-day care.

“NHS England will have no hand-picked but to continue its desperate scrabble for cash through measures such as stipulations on ‘low value’ and over-the-counter medicines.”

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