NHS: Finance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 1 February 2023.

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Photo of Lord Kilclooney Lord Kilclooney Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government what is the annual budget for the NHS; and what proportion of the NHS budget is estimated to be allocated as a result of Irish citizens within Great Britain as part of the Common Travel Area.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

National Health Service funding in the United Kingdom is devolved so figures have been given for England, Wales and Scotland separately. The categories within these budgets may not align perfectly in terms of what is considered NHS spending and what is considered wider health and social care spending.

The official NHS England website confirms the budget for 2022/23 is £152.6 billion. Figures from the 2022/23 Supplementary Welsh Government Budget show that the budget for NHS Wales is £10.3 billion. The 2022/23 budget published on 9 December 2021 for NHS Scotland is £12.9 billion.

We do not hold data on and are unable to provide estimated figures on the budgetary impact of any given nationality in the UK, as healthcare spending is allocated based on residency rather than the nationality of the individual receiving healthcare.

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