Cancer: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional funding being made available in the next Comprehensive Spending Review to ensure that the NHS has the cancer workforce it needs.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care regularly engages his Cabinet colleagues on topics relating to health and social care.

Making sure the National Health Service is well staffed is a top priority for this Government and the next phase of the NHS People Plan will focus on workforce growth and ensuring it has the right skills mix in place for a flexible and modern NHS.

The Government is delivering on its historic five-year National Health Service settlement. The NHS budget will increase by £33.9 billion a year in cash terms by 2023-24 (compared to 2018-19), reflecting that the NHS is this Government’s top domestic spending priority and helping to fund the NHS Long Term Plan.

On 21 July the Chancellor launched the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review which will set out the Government’s spending plans for health and social care for future years. The Government will set out the results of the Spending Review in due course.

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