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Doctors’ leaders applaud NHS cash injection

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7432 (Published 02 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7432
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Doctors’ leaders have welcomed the government’s commitment to boost spending on the UK health services by £2bn (€2.5bn; $3.1bn) next year and to ringfence £1bn to improve general practice premises over the next four years. The funding injection was announced by the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, ahead of his autumn statement on Wednesday 3 December.

The chancellor said that the money was a “down payment” on the recent Five Year Forward View from NHS leaders, which called for an extra £8bn a year above inflation for the NHS in England by 2020.1

Around £1.5bn will be invested in frontline care across the United Kingdom (including around £300m for Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland). In England the £1.2bn will be allocated by NHS England to clinical commissioning …

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