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NHS funding: £5.4bn boost must be first of many, say health leaders

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2204 (Published 07 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2204
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The NHS in England will get an extra £5.4bn (€6.3bn; $7.5bn) in funding over the next six months to help tackle lengthening waiting lists and manage the immediate pressures of the covid pandemic, the government has announced.

The £5.4bn comprises:

  • £2.8bn for costs relating to covid-19, including infection control measures to keep staff and patients safe from the virus

  • £600m for day to day costs

  • £478m to continue the hospital discharge programme so staff can ensure that patients leave hospital as quickly and as safely as possible, and

  • £1.5bn for elective care recovery, including £500m capital funding for extra theatre capacity and “productivity boosting” technology.

England’s health secretary, Sajid Javid, …

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