More money for the NHS
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The NHS in England should be given £2 billion more next year the King’s Fund health think tank has said.
Calls for extra money for the service are intensifying after the latest figures showed the deficit growing as performance deteriorates. Halfway through the 2014-15 financial year the service’s deficit had reached £630m. The NHS budget, which currently stands at £113bn, has been increasing in real terms over the course of this parliament by an average 0.7% a year.
The King’s Fund say whilst there is scope to improve productivity in the NHS, this will not be enough to respond to unprecedented pressures on budgets and meet rising demand for services. Unless more money is found a financial crisis is inevitable next year and patients will bear the cost as waiting times rise and quality of care deteriorates.
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, has given an indication that he expected extra money for the health service to be part of next week’s autumn statement.
With under 6 months to go until the General Election, the calls for extra funding for the NHS won’t be the last between now and polling day.