AUTUMN STATEMENT: NHS to get extra £1.6bn spending power next year

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NHS England is to receive an additional £1.6bn next year on top of the £2.1bn injection it is already getting over the next three years.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the additional cash in his budget speech yesterday which outlined measures to help ease some of the pressures mounting on the NHS.

The boss of NHS England, Simon Stevens, asked for additional spending on public health services earlier this month saying the government would have to make good on claims made during the Brexit vote that the NHS would benefit financially from leaving the European Union.

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Mr Stevens claimed that without the cash boost key NHS services would worsen.

The £2.8bn of funding scheduled for the next three years is broken down into £350m emergency funding this year, £1.6bn in 2018 and £850m in 2019.

Despite Mr Hammond’s welcome news, the overall health budget has been growing as just over 1% a year on average, compared to the 4% growth it has traditionally seen.

In his speech, Mr Hammond said the NHS was one of the country’s “greatest institutions” and that the government “will always back it”.

But Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents health service managers, said the extra money was still not enough, according to a BBC report.

He said “tough choices and trade-offs” would not need to be made. “It is difficult to see how the NHS can deliver everything,” he added.

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