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a downing street imageJune 18 2018

Theresa May’s announcement of a £20.5 billion real-terms increase for the NHS by 2023-24 will be part of a new 10-year NHS plan.

In her speech at the Royal Free Hospital, the Prime Minister said that the funding pledge would equate to 3.4% each year from 2019-20 to 2023-24, with an additional £1.25 billion each year to cover a specific pensions pressure. 

The money will be raised through savings from exiting the European Union and tax rises – “taxpayers will have to contribute a bit more in a fair and balanced way to support the NHS we all use.” Budgets will be set for both social care and public health as part of the forthcoming Spending Review.

The introduction of the new NHS plan will aim to avoid a repeat of the outcomes from the Labour Government’s investment in 2002, said Mrs May: “In 2002, the then Labour Government significantly increased NHS funding, but much of this did not go on directly improving patient care. That cannot happen again.

“So in return for this increase in funding, the government will agree with the NHS later this year – a 10-year plan for its future. This must be a plan that ensures every penny is well spent. It must be a plan that tackles wastes, reduces bureaucracy, and eliminates unacceptable variation, with all these efficiency savings reinvested back into patient care.”

Mrs May said that the plan “must also make it easier to break down the barriers between different organisations to deliver integrated patient-focused care. So people don’t feel like a pinball in a machine, bounced from one part of the system to the next, re-explaining to the next healthcare professional what they had just said to the previous one.

“And so they don’t end up stuck in hospital when they could be better cared for in the community or at home; or waiting to see a GP when they could be at a pharmacy or getting help over the phone or online.”

Responding to the PM's speech, the RCGP’s Chair, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, said: “Her pledge represents a significant amount of money and this is certainly encouraging. It is essential that as more details of her long-term plan are announced, general practice is recognised for the vital role it plays in delivering safe, effective patient care in the community, and keeping the entire NHS sustainable.

“The 3.4% real terms increase in investment is to be welcomed. However, it still falls short of the 4% that the Institute of Fiscal Studies recently claimed is necessary for a health service fit for the future, and which the RCGP, and other members of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, representing doctors right across medicine, has supported - so it is vital that any new investment is used wisely, and in the long-term benefits of patients and the entire NHS.”

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