Chancellor fails to fully fund NHS funding

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But he said the NHS "can no longer avoid the hard debate" on what can be provided by the health service on the funds it is operating on.

Here's our initial take on #Budget2017 and what it means for the #NHS.

The Treasury said the Budget commits to fund pay awards as part of a deal in the NHS under a so-called agenda for change agreement, including nurses, midwives and paramedics. But, he added: "We can no longer avoid the hard debate about what it is possible to deliver for patients with the money available".

Philip Hammond has bowed to intense pressure to give the NHS more money in Wednesday's budget, but produced less than half the £4bn the health service's own boss said it needed to look after patients properly next year.

Personal view... Budget plugs some, but def not all, of NHS funding gap. Will force a debate about what the public can and can't expect from the NHS.

He said: "I am exceptionally, and outside the spending review process, making an additional commitment of an extra £2.8b of resource funding to the NHS in England".

But two of the most senior figures in the NHS claim this does not go far enough, and warn that lengthy waiting times now seem "unavoidable".

'NHS chief Simon Stevens has already set out that the health service desperately needs a £4 billion emergency cash injection'.

Health chiefs will meet next week to discuss the introduction of deeper rationing measures having already warned of an "inevitable" lengthening in waiting lists.

This includes £350 million to cope with pressures over the coming winter, £1.6 billion in 2018/19 and the rest the year after. "An essential part of what we are as a nation", he said.

So @PhilipHammondUK is promising just £3Bn extra for the NHS; so much for the extra £15Bn a year for the NHS that the charlatan and national embarrassment @BorisJohnson had emblazoned on the side of his Brexit propaganda bus.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, the trade body which represents NHS services, said: "Overall this new funding is less than the NHS needed but more than was expected". Investing in an NHS fit for the future.

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: "The Chancellor has clearly listened to the tens of thousands of nursing staff who've been campaigning for fair pay, and he was right to address their concerns". Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, said: "There was no mention of social care, no news on mental health, and astonishingly, after months of hints from the health secretary, there is still no detail of a pay rise for NHS staff".

Setting out his first Autumn Budget today, Philip Hammond committed an extra £2.8bn for hospitals between now and 2020, including £350m to prepare trusts for this winter.

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