PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 792, p5 - 2 Dec 2017 UK NHS cash pledge not enough to plug funding black hole The additional £2.8 billion, promised by the UK government to the NHS over the next two years to invest in front-line services, is not enough to ease pressures, suggest healthcare leaders in the UK. The NHS cash pledge was announced by the chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, in his annual autumn budget on 22 November. A further £3.5 billion is pledged for the NHS to support new buildings and infrastructure. In addition, the NHS will receive £335 million up font to ease pressures this winter. However, healthcare leaders said that the NHS needs at least £4 billion extra a year to meet current demand and maintain performance. Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said it is "disappointing" that the government is not able to give the NHS all that it required to deal with rising demand, recover performance targets and maintain quality of care. Furthermore, Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, commented that the extra funding "falls short of addressing the serious, long term funding problems facing the NHS and doesn’t plug the funding black hole identified by the NHS’s own leaders." Other commentators expressed concern that no extra funds were pledged for social care, warning that the extra funding for the NHS will not be as effective without extra funds for adult social care. Iacobucci G. Chancellor’s 2.8bn NHS cash pledge will not ease pressures, leaders warn. BMJ : 22 Nov 2017. Available from: URL: https://doi.org/10.1136/ bmj.j5422 803284968 1173-5503/17/0792-0001/$14.95 Adis © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG. All rights reserved PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 2 Dec 2017 No. 792
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Published: Dec 2, 2017
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