NHS gets £1.2bn cash boost

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 12 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:75
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Having vowed to keep within the previous Conservative government's spending plans for the health service, Gordon Brown, the chancellor of the exchequer, doubled the spending in the Budget by releasing an extra £1.2bn ($1.9bn) for 1998-9.

    But as the extra comes from raiding the £5bn contingency reserve, the Treasury claims that there is no U turn in policy. The new funding, however, was unexpected and confirms the looming financial crisis that the health secretary, Frank Dobson, inherited (17 May, p 1433). A delighted Mr Dobson said that the increase gives the NHS ample time to plan ahead for this year and next.

    The increase amounts to an extra 5%, or …

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