NHS plan is at risk from cuts to public health and social care, MPs warn

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 19 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3999
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The NHS’s five year plan to transform health and care services in England is being jeopardised by cuts to public health, education and training, and social care, a new report from MPs has warned.1

The government’s 2015 spending review agreed to increase the NHS budget by an additional £8.4bn (€10bn; $11.1bn) a year above inflation by the year 2020-21 as a commitment to fund the NHS’s plans set out in its Five Year Forward View.2 3 But although previous spending reviews defined health spending as the whole of the Department of Health’s budget, the 2015 review defined it solely in terms of NHS England’s budget and excluded areas that had seen budgets cut, such as …

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