£3bn of NHS money will go to new pooled fund for health and social care

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 27 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4185
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Almost £4bn (€4.7bn; $6.1bn) is to be spent on promoting more integrated working between healthcare and social care services for older and disabled people, as part of the government’s spending review, but the NHS budget in England will also rise overall.

Chancellor George Osborne unveiled his spending review on Wednesday 26 June.1 He said that the NHS would receive a real terms increase of 0.1% in 2015-16, taking the total to £110.4bn, plus £4.7bn capital spending, at the same time that most government departments would see a cut to their funding, including a 10% reduction in funds to local government.

Doctors’ leaders, while welcoming the decision to protect the NHS budget, said that the new pooled fund should not result in money being diverted away from general practice and warned that cuts to local government …

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