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Extra £2bn for NHS will mean 30 000 more staff, MPs hear

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7612 (Published 12 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7612
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Extra money recently announced for the NHS could help to fund 30 000 additional new clinical staff despite some cuts in staffing elsewhere as the NHS becomes more efficient, MPs have been told.

England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, giving evidence to the parliamentary health committee, said that providers would be able to recruit many more staff once the extra money started to filter into the new system.

George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, last week announced a £2bn boost for next year’s spending on UK health services,1 of which £1.7bn is set to be invested in frontline care. During an evidence session for the health committee’s inquiry into public spending on health and social care, MPs …

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