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Extra £3.8bn for NHS will be undermined by public health and social care cuts, experts predict

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6356 (Published 24 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6356
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The government has committed itself to investing £3.8bn (€5.4bn; $5.8bn) above inflation in the NHS in England next year in response to the growing financial pressure on the healthcare system.

The announcement, made ahead of the Treasury’s spending review from the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, will be seen as a victory for NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, who argued for the government to “frontload” the promised £8bn a year in extra funding for the NHS by 2020 to provide “a workable funding settlement” for the next two years.

Commenting after the deal was announced, Stevens said, “In the context of constraints on overall public spending, our case for the NHS has …

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