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NHS needs £4bn boost in budget to protect care, think tanks warn

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5187 (Published 10 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5187
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The government must commit at least £4bn (€4.5bn; $5.3bn) more to the NHS in the autumn budget to prevent patient care from worsening next year, three leading healthcare think tanks have warned.

In a joint analysis issued ahead of the chancellor’s budget on 22 November the Health Foundation, the King’s Fund, and the Nuffield Trust estimated that the government’s current spending plans fall well short of what the NHS needs based on projections from the Office of Budget Responsibility and historic rates of funding growth.1 The think tanks estimated a funding gap of at least £20bn by 2022-23 based on current spending plans.

The briefing said …

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