Health funding expected to grow by 1.9% next year, officials reveal

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 14 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5744
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The budget for the NHS is only likely to grow by 1.9% next year, senior officials at the Department of Health have told MPs.

Officials giving evidence to MPs on the parliamentary health select committee said they anticipated a 1.9% rise in funding for 2011-12.

Real growth funding for the NHS has risen an average of 7% every year over the past decade, but next year will mark a significant slowing down in rises as the government will announce its plans for the next spending review period of 2011-12 to 2013-14 on 20 October.

As part of their inquiry into public expenditure, the health committee MPs asked what the government’s …

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