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Private projects and boost and squeeze budget for NHS

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1524

An extra pounds sterling500m above inflation, but an even bigger efficiency squeeze, is this year's budget prescription for the NHS in England. In his budget speech last week the chancellor, Kenneth Clarke, said that the government was commited to increasing spending on the NHS in real terms.

Revenue spending on health will grow by pounds sterling1.3bn in 1996-7, exceeding inflation by pounds sterling500m or 1.6%. Family health services will grow by 3.9% in real terms, to pounds sterling7.5bn, and hospital and community health services by 1.1%, to pounds sterling23.2bn. …

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