NHS England set to get spending boost earlier than expected
The Chief Executive of NHS England has won a battle with the Chancellor to receive money from the Government earlier than originally thought. George Osborne has agreed to start paying out some of the £8bn promised to the NHS now, following a meeting with Chief Executive Simon Stevens. The NHS will receive a cash boost of £3.8bn in the year 2016/17, with Mr Stevens saying that it will “stabilise current pressures on hospitals, GPs and mental health services.”
The decision comes just 24 hours before the Chancellor is set to outline the Spending Review and, with junior doctors set to strike, George Osborne will not want this piece of health news to be forgotten about. Investment has now become vital to the NHS as there is increased pressure on the health service to solve its current problems in order to provide better care for an ageing population and patients with long-term conditions.
NHS England says that it will require around £30bn in order to deliver its five year plan which aims to transform NHS services for the future. However, doctors have pointed out that this figure does not include any extra funding that would help to support the seven-day NHS pledge.