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Real increases in NHS spending supported by new coalition

In Health industry, Uncategorized on May 12, 2010 by Alan Lovell Tagged: , , ,

Slightly surprisingly, given that you’d thought that the Tories would use their coalition with the Lib Dems to get out of their policy of “ring fencing” the NHS budget, an FT blog is reporting that the coalition will indeed increase NHS spending in real terms for each year of the parliament:

“The parties agree that funding for the NHS should increase in real terms in each year of the next parliament, while recognising the impact that this decision would have on other departments.”

I guess the “impact on other departments” is that they’ll all have to put up with even bigger cuts than they were already expecting, but it looks like the NHS is sitting pretty.

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One Response to “Real increases in NHS spending supported by new coalition”

  1. It has been said elsewhere that NHS inflation rate is somewhat ahead of RPI.

    While this announcement is to be welcomed I think sitting pretty might be a bit strong.

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