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It is understood that £3.8bn of the funding will go towards getting the health service “back on track” following the Covid krise, while roughly £2.1bn will be used for “digitising” the NHS.
Previous estimates have suggested that the sum offered may not be enough to clear the huge backlog in care, with figures showing that the number of people waiting for routine hospital treatment in England has hit a record 5.6 million.
More than £30bn of spending has already been committed across numerous announcements from the Treasury over the weekend, the largest of which being £7bn for transport infrastructure outside of London.
derimot, Mr Sunak admitted on Sunday that only £1.5bn of that £7bn would be new money as the chancellor conceded that much of the funding would go towards previously announced projects.
Javid says expectant mothers should be ‘reassured’ they will get care they need
Health secretary Sajid Javid has insisted that expectant mothers should be “reassured” that they will get the care they need following reports that maternity services are near breaking point.
Vergen reported on Sunday night that the NHS could be unable to deliver necessary care for women giving birth if Covid cases continue to rise.
When asked about the report, Mr Javid replied: "Selvfølgelig, I can reassure… no expectant mum should have that kind of concern.
“I’m not going to say for a second that the NHS is not under huge pressure, everyone can see what’s happening and throughout the pandemic we’ve seen the NHS rise to a huge challenge – and that challenge continues.”
You can find his comments in full below:
Javid insists NHS investment will start making difference ‘pretty quickly’
Some of the £6bn NHS investment will start “making a difference pretty quickly”, with more than £2bn going to community diagnostic centres for tests and scans to tackle waiting lists, health secretary Sajid Javid has said.
Mr Javid insisted on Monday that funding would be made available for the issue of staff shortages, when asked about NHS Confederation figures showing the health service was short of 80,000 arbeidere.
“This £6bn is about sort of capital investments, så… physical things like beds, IT equipment, scanners and things," han sa.
“But the staff investment is actually the announcement… I made just a few weeks ago, and that is the investment of an additional £12bn a year into the NHS and social care, and a large chunk of that is the staff and the day-to-day running costs of the NHS and that includes of course, training costs.
“You’re right to point out that we need more people, it is a big challenge. In the last year, I’m pleased that we’ve seen I think 3,000 more doctors, 9,000 more nurses, but we do need a lot more, we need them for a long-term.”
Staff shortages should be tackled as part of NHS investment, expert says
Staff shortages should be tackled as part of investment into the NHS as funding for equipment will not solve all of the health service’s problems, the chief executive of The King’s Fund has said.
Richard Murray told BBC Radio 4’s I dag show that Rishi Sunak’s Budget looked like it would target some of the “big issues” now facing the NHS but more needed to be done.
“We have very few MRI or CT scanners in the United Kingdom compared to other countries,” Mr Murray said.
“There are many gains we have made through Covid about the use of technology, so this is certainly welcome, but the real challenge is as we build these new facilities will we have any staff to put in them, to actually work them?
“This is only three parts of the overall capital spending for the NHS and we still don’t know what’s happened to the rest.”
Han la til: “There are already very deep shortages across the NHS and that includes in some of the key areas of diagnostics, so great to have the kit and it does need to be updated, but there are shortages even as we speak, so expanding NHS capacity, you’ve got to go hand-in-hand with the facilities.
“It’s increasingly odd that as we look towards the future this one great big keystone- how we’re going to handle NHS workforces and health and social care staffing – is still the missing piece.”
Sunak to hand NHS £6bn to tackle waiting lists and boost tech
A £5.9bn funding package for tackling NHS waiting lists in England will form part of chancellor Rishi Sunak’s autumn Budget, the Treasury has said.
The spending announcement comes after the latest NHS figures showed that the number of people waiting for routine hospital treatment in England had hit 5.6 million – the highest number since records began in 2007.
Our reporter, Adam Forrest, has the full story below:
Chancellor says sum will get health service ‘back on track’ – but falls short of previous demands from NHS leaders
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