NHS: Finance

Treasury written question – answered on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of funding for the NHS.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The NHS is the government’s number one spending priority. As the NHS faces its worst public health crisis for a generation, this Government has been clear: the NHS will get whatever resources it needs to fight Covid-19. We have announced a £5 billion fund for public services which will enable the NHS to manage the extra pressure it faces during this time.

The Government has a strong record of repeatedly committed itself to ensuring that the front line of the NHS is financially supported. The NHS settlement, confirmed in January 2019, provided the largest cash increase in public services since the Second World War – an additional £34 billion per year by 2023-24. This is in addition to the Spring Budget which announced over £6 billion of funding to support the NHS to pay for 50,000 more nurses, 50 million more GP surgery appointments and 40 new hospital projects.

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