Latest Budget Gives The NHS £350m To Last The Winter

Latest Budget Gives The NHS £350m To Last The Winter

Latest Budget Gives The NHS £350m To Last The Winter

This will be broken down into £350m this year, which will be available immediately "to help NHS trusts plan for winter", £1.6bn for 2018/19, and the rest in 2019/20.

But, leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, said the amount of money pledged "fell well short of the £6bn Labour would have delivered under the June (general election) manifesto".

"I am therefore, exceptionally and outside the spending review process, making an additional commitment of resource funding of £2.8bn to the NHS in England".

There was no equivalent pledge for doctors, with any increases above 1 per cent having to be paid out of existing budgets, despite official figures showing the NHS lost 1,000 Global Positioning System past year.

"This means the NHS will need to think differently about pharmacy to make the most of all the resources in the system", he said.

The £2.8bn funding will be on top of a £9bn ($12bn) increase already planned to the NHS budget from the Conservative government's original spending plans for 2015 to 2020. The chancellor also said that it would fund pay awards negotiated for nurses, midwives and paramedics.

Meanwhile, Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said patients had been let down by a budget that won't fix the NHS's "deep and severe problems".

"The NHS is under pressure right now", the Chancellor said.

"If the Health Secretary's talks bear fruit", Mr Hammond added, "I will protect patient services by providing additional funding for such a settlement". The other £6.5bn will come from selling off surplus NHS land and buildings.

NHS officials and staff groups had a mixed response to the budget, describing it as an "opportunity missed", with funding lower than they had asked for and emergency resources for winter delivered "very late".

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: "We look forward to continuing to work with trade union colleagues and the Department of Health to agree how contract arrangements can be reformed and our employees benefit a welcome lifting of the pay cap".

Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced the measure as part of the government's yearly budget, which outlines its spending plans for the next year.

But chief executive Chris Hopson said: "It is disappointing that the Government has not been able to give the NHS all that it needed to deal with rising demand, fully recover performance targets, consistently maintain high quality patient care and meet the NHS's capital requirements".

Chair of the British Medical Association, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said recurrent funding and investment in NHS staff "should have been an urgent priority" and lamented the lack of bold action on public health interventions for smoking and obesity.

NHS chairman Sir Malcolm Grant said a "difficult debate" loomed about what can actually be delivered.

In his Budget speech, Mr Hammond said: "We acknowledge that the service remains under pressure and today we respond".

"Promising the NHS additional money for nursing pay is welcome, but Philip Hammond must make it a meaningful pay rise".

"Instead, Tory ministers let down patients and their families today", he added.