There has been an early announcement that the Government is to make an extra £2 billion for the health service next year. The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday is expected to explain how the extra funding will be for (i) strengthening frontline services to prevent a meltdown during the coming months and (ii) as a “down-payment” towards funding the necessary multifaceted re-configuration of services as described in the NHS Five Year Forward View.
George Osborne to pledge extra £2bn for NHS. London: BBC Politics /BBC Health News, November 30th 2014.
Further analysis from BBC Health News:
Pym, H. (2014). NHS funding: How do the sums add up? London: BBC Health News, November 30th 2014.
This is probably a reaction to:
The Autumn Statement: NHS funding. London: King’s Fund, November 2014.
The big plan forwards, to achieve a re-configured NHS which should be both sustainable and compassionate:
Five year forward view. London: NHS England, October 22nd 2014.
Initial NHS England reactions:
Simon Stevens’ response to the HM Treasury’s announcement of additional funding for the NHS. London [Online]: NHS England, November 30th 2014.
“A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money”. Everett McKinley Dirksen (January 4th 1896 – September 7th 1969).
An update as of April 2015:
Pym, H. (2015). Who will pay for the Stevens NHS plan? London: BBC Health News, April 2nd 2015.
Results from an Ipsos MORI opinion poll survey:
Triggle, N. (2015). NHS funding: Public ‘back tax rises for healthcare’. London: BBC Health News, April 4th 2015.
NHS funding is a major theme in the 2015 general election campaign, with the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and Greens promising extra funding.
On Problems Which Cannot be Solved by Money Alone
Dr Michael Dixon, chair of the NHS Alliance, has released an open letter to the Guardian calling for a fundamental re-think of community medicine and the role of GPs. The boundaries between primary and secondary care should be dissolved; GPs are advised to forge alliances with colleagues such as pharmacists and hospital consultants. Each local area should have a “Community Health Connector” to bring health, social care and local authority sectors together.
Pym, H. (2014). New health money: solution or sticking plaster? London: BBC Health News, December 4th 2014.
Social Care: Comparative Under-Funding?
Additional funding allocations / transfers for social care under the Better Care Fund (BCF) may not be enough to counter-act recent downwards trends, meanwhile. Last year, £17.23bn was spent on services for the elderly and disabled; a reduction of 3% in five years. The numbers of people receiving help has fallen 29% to 1.27m in five years.
Triggle, N. (2014). Why the care sector is green with envy. London: BBC Health News, December 8th 2014.