£20bn ‘birthday present’ to boost NHS spending

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One of the mobility sector’s largest customer bases, the NHS, is getting £20bn additional funding a year in what Theresa May described as a 70th “birthday present” for the health service.

While in England the money will be spent on front-line services, authorities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be able to spend it how they choose.

In spite of the increase in budget, it still falls short of requirements according to some observers.

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There is concern that the funding package could see some parts of the NHS impacted as certain services are cut so that the money can be raised.

Mrs May told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that the announcement is designed to secure the NHS’s future.

She said: “We’re going to ensure there’s a 10-year plan for the NHS. That will be a plan for world-class health care – more doctors, more nurses. It means extra money – significantly more money going into the NHS.”

But the move has been criticised by some people including the shadow chancellor who accused the funding announcement as a publicity stunt.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents NHS trusts, said the funding was the “minimum” that was needed, according to a BBC report.

“After almost a decade of austerity, the NHS has a lot of catching up to do.”

Mr Hopson also said reform for social care is needed to ensure there is better access to help at home.

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