NHS does well from British budget

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1426

The NHS in England was given extra money in the budget presented to parliament last week. Funding next year will rise by twice the amount needed to keep abreast of inflation.

The chancellor, Kenneth Clarke, allocated an extra £1.6bn ($2.4bn), or 2.9% in real terms, for patient services. Another £525m is to come from efficiency savings of 2.7%, with an increase of 15p in prescription charges to £5.65 per item.

The new funding from next April amounts to more than £800m above inflation and was widely …

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