The extra money announced by the chancellor inside Budget for the NHS in England will be not enough, health service bosses say.
Philip Hammond announced an immediate £350m boost because of of which winter followed by £1.6bn more next year for the front line above the rise already planned.
The chancellor described the item as an “exceptional” measure, which recognised the pressures the service was under.
although NHS leaders have already warned waiting times will continue to worsen.
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NHS bosses offer lukewarm reaction
The Budget announcement comes after independent experts had called for £4bn extra next year as well as NHS England boss Simon Stevens had warned ministers the public expected increased investment following claims made during the EU referendum of which the NHS could benefit financially coming from Brexit.
Mr Stevens said without action waiting times for key services could continue to worsen.
Responding to the Budget, NHS England chairman Sir Malcolm Grant said the extra money could go only “some way towards filling the accepted funding cap”.
as well as he said the country could “no longer avoid the difficult debate” about what the health service could deliver for patients.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents health service managers, said “tough choices as well as trade offs” could today need to be made.
“the item will be difficult to see how the NHS can deliver everything,” he added.
The chancellor’s plan
In total, Mr Hammond announced an extra £2.8bn of funding over the next three years.
- £350m of which year
- £1.6bn in 2018-19
- £850m in 2019-20
of which will be on top of the rises already set out by the government’s spending plans made in 2015, which could have seen the front-line budget rise by £9bn in cash terms to nearly £116bn.
Mr Hammond described the NHS among the country’s “greatest institutions”, although said he recognised the item was “under pressure”.
He said of which was why he was taking the exceptional step of announcing extra funding outside of the formal spending review process.
“We will always back the item,” he told MPs.
He also said any pay rises for NHS staff next year – the 1% cap will be being lifted – could not need to come coming from the front-line budget.
“Nurses deserve our deepest gratitude.”
Why many think the item’s not enough
Some will say the reaction of those inside health sector will be to be expected – they are never satisfied they have enough money.
although a look back at the funding history of the NHS shows they have a point.
Traditionally the health budget has got an extra 4% a year above inflation to help the item cope with the ageing population as well as cost of fresh drugs as well as treatments.
Since 2010 of which figure has dropped to close to 1% – as well as of which extra money does little to improve of which.
Those working in accident as well as emergency units point out of which the £350m because of of which winter could easily be swallowed up by spending on agency staff.
the item will be why staff on the front line are still predicting rising waiting times for treatment.