Friday, 14 December 2018

£20.5bn NHS funding boost not enough to improve care – study

£20.5bn NHS funding boost not enough to improve care – study Almost all the £20.5bn extra a year for the NHS risks being swallowed up by the ageing population, pay rises, the rising cost of drugs and hospitals’ deficits, a report has concluded.

As little as £1.3bn of the increase could be left to fund improvements in treatment unless the service dramatically overhauls how and where it cares for patients, the report by the IPPR thinktank and former senior NHS staff says.

The findings raise doubts about how far the £20.5bn that Theresa May gave the NHS in England to mark its 70th birthday this year will allow it to expand services, given the other demands it is facing. The Guardian

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