“NHS funding boost only propping up services”

A report from the NAO has found that Government funding designed to “transform” the NHS has only managed to prop up struggling services, and may have worsened health service finances in the long run.

The watchdog criticised the Government for relying on short-term cash injections, which have been immediately allocated to meet soaring demand and pre-existing deficits.

An extra £1.8bn in sustainability and transformation funding in 2016-17 was supposed to allow for reforms to be implemented across the health service.

PAC chair Meg Hillier said the findings shows why the NHS needs a longer-term funding plan.

The Independent