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NHS gets 4% more funding a year until 2011—but spend it wisely, says BMA

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39367.545220.DB (Published 18 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:793
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. London

    The NHS in England and Wales has been given a 4% a year funding rise for the next three years, with an overall budget rise from £90bn this year to £110bn in 2010.

    Announcing the comprehensive spending review, the chancellor, Alistair Darling, said that the cash would fund 20 new hospitals, 140 walk-in centres open seven days a week, and 100 new GP practices.

    However, the funding is much less than the 7.2% that the NHS has had each year since 2002 and below the 4.4% recommended by Derek Wanless in his review of the future of the NHS published in …

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