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Health - Spending Review

  • Published: Wednesday, 3 November 2010

A summary of the reforms to NHS and health services announced in the Spending Review of 20 October 2010.

NHS spending to be increased

The Chancellor announced in the Spending Review that total health spending would rise above inflation each year - the NHS budget will rise from £103.8 billion to £114.4 billion by 2014-15.

In addition, the Spending Review provides an additional £2 billion by 2014-15, through health and local government, to support social care and encourage greater integration between local health and social care services.

The NHS will release up to £20 billion by 2014 through efficiency savings, which will be reinvested to support improvements in quality and outcomes.

In his speech on 20 October, the Chancellor also announced a number of specific measures to be implemented during the Spending Review period:

  • a new cancer drug fund of up to £200 million a year
  • a protected budget for health research
  • expanded access to psychological therapies for the young, the elderly and those with mental illness
  • funding for new hospital schemes, including the St Helier, the Royal Oldham and the West Cumberland

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