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Cuts in NHS funding are spared in the budget, but staff pay suffers

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5428 (Published 11 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5428
  1. Nicholas Timmins
  1. 1Financial Times

    The NHS received some qualified good news in the Chancellor’s pre-budget report on 9 December. Rather than the cash freeze that was anticipated the bulk of NHS spending is to rise in line with inflation for the two years starting in 2011. NHS staff, however, face a prolonged period of below inflation pay rises to help fund the rise in spending.

    NHS pensions are also likely to be hit by the changes and all those earning more than £20 000 a year will also have to pay higher national insurance contributions.

    The chancellor Alistair Darling announced that 95% of …

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