The Budget – no lifeline for NHS

“ … Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said: “It is disappointing that the government has not been able to give the NHS all that it needed to deal with rising demand.”

He said the NHS was “trying to live hand to mouth” and Hammond had directed extra revenue to acute hospital performance when “the pressures across the rest of the health service – community, mental health and ambulance services – are just as great”.

The funding in the Budget was “less than the NHS needed” but Hopson conceded was “more than was expected.” The Office of Budget Responsibility had warned the NHS faced a £20bn funding gap by the end of this parliament and a recent joint-report from the Kind’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation said the health service needed at least £4bn over the next year.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, also said: “This is another missed opportunity and falls well short of what is needed to relieve the massive pressures facing the NHS today”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in his response to the Budget statement, said that the chancellor’s commitments did not do enough for “under-paid, over-stressed, under-appreciated” NHS staff.”

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  1. And they are STILL spending between £10billion and £30billion PER YEAR on CCGs – yes, that is NOT a typo, it really is 10s of £billions PER YEAR on administration – plus, of course £bns more on HS2 and 100x £m on Academy Schools …

    But not a penny more for the NHS front line services. The consequences will be a continuation and increase in the number of avoidable deaths – which probably amount to 100,000+ by now. This government has blood on their hands.

    They are clearly determined to destroy and privatise the NHS come hell or high water.

    Meanwhile, they fail to address the structural issues in the housing market – which have resulted from the Conservative Party friends / donors / sponsors / investors cornering the market in housing land and then restricting the number of homes they build. In a sellers’ market, where demand exceeds supply, prices rise to the level that people can afford. Letting 1st time buyers off the hook for stamp duty means they can afford to spend more, so prices will rise to match. So rather than stopping house price inflation and increasing the supply of new homes, all this is going to do is to put even yet more public money into the already obscene profit margins of the major developers – who coincidentally are often the same people / companies that make massive donations (or sponsorships – or as I would call them, investments) to the Conservative Party.

    I hope you are happy about the government putting more of our tax £ms into the pockets of their donors – I’m certainly not happy about it.

    What is needed in the housing market is legislation to stop the big-6 developers land-banking and to force them (through legislation or taxes) to either build on or sell off their land-banks at reasonable prices (perhaps at the price they paid for it) to allow smaller developers to re-enter the house-building market in quantity. But, of course, this will never happen whilst the Conservative Party which is funded by these developers is in government.


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