New money will not lead to a big shift in NHS services, says Nuffield Trust

By agency reporter
November 23, 2018

independent health think tank the Nuffield Trust has commented on the £3.5 billion funding boost for primary and community services announced by the Prime Minister.

The Trust's  Senior Policy Analyst Sally Gainsbury said: “This additional money amounts to annual increases that are broadly in line with the 3.4 per cent overall that the NHS in England is getting over the next five years.

 “That means that, far from representing a big shift in funding towards out-of-hospital services, this money will simply allow GPs and community services to keep up with demand over the next five years. That’s important, but it means the new money announced today is not going to lead to a significant change in the way that people experience healthcare.

“In many ways this is unsurprising. There are many existing calls on the new money pledged by the Prime Minister, like getting waiting times back on track and upgrading mental health services. We’ve calculated this will leave relatively little for any significant reform over the next couple of years.

“What’s more, even if this money did represent a major boost to primary and community services, there are serious questions about whether the NHS has the right staff in the right places to carry this out. "

*The Nuffield Trust is an independent health think tank. Its aims are  to improve the quality of health care in the UK by providing evidence-based research and policy analysis and informing and generating debate. https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/

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