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NHS chief warns of more financial challenges

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j212 (Published 12 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j212
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Despite government claims to the contrary, spending on the NHS in England will fall, with 2018-19 set to be a tough year, NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, has told MPs.

Giving evidence to the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts on Wednesday 11 January Stevens said that over the next three years funding was “going to be highly constrained.”

He said, “In 2018-19, as I said in October, real terms NHS spending per person in England is going to go down, 10 years after [the collapse of the investment bank] Lehman Brothers and austerity began. We all understand why that is, but let’s not pretend that’s not placing huge pressure on the service.”

He added that 2018 was “poised to be the toughest …

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