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UK health spending ‘to grow less than in austerity era’, analysis reveals | NHS

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Health spending in the next two years will grow less than during the austerity era of the past decade, according to a new analysis of the fall statement.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, a former health secretary who previously campaigned for more resources from MPs, announced last week that the NHS would receive additional £3.3bn in each of the next two years. With strong pressures on the service, he said it would be one of his “key priorities.”

However, research by the health foundation The charity found that when the entire health budget, which covers the NHS, training, public health services and capital investment, is included, it will only rise by 1.2% in real terms over the next two years. That’s below the 2% average seen in the decade before the pandemic, as well as the historical average of around 3.8%.

The research comes as National Health Service trusts are faced with nearly impossible decisions about staff salaries, waiting lists, and keeping buildings and equipment up to date. The Health Foundation’s analysis highlighted the continued “significant uncertainty” facing the provision of health services for the remainder of this parliament. He said there were now “difficult trade-offs” on issues like pay and accrual.

The unions are already sounding the alarm after Health Secretary Steve Barclay called on the body that advises on wages to restraint in its recommendations for next year.

In a letter to the NHS wage review body (NHSPRB) states that “in the current economic environment it is particularly important that you take the government’s inflation target into account when making recommendations.”

The government’s inflation target is 2%, but now it is running at 11.1%.

Sharon Graham, Secretary General of Link, which represents more than 100,000 NHS workers, said: “The NHSPRB board is clearly aware that without adequate wages, the exodus of healthcare staff will worsen, putting the very survival of the NHS at risk. The situation is clear: we are in a fight to save the NHS and workers are ready to take a stand.”

The nurses have already warned that they will announce strike dates for December unless ministers start “detailed negotiations” on wages. Unite has also started voting 10,000 healthcare workers for the strike plus thousands of other NHS workers who have been voting since October. Unite also plans to vote thousands more in the coming months.

Anita Charlesworth, director of the Royal Center (Research and long-term economic analysis) at the Health Foundation, said there has been a “short-term relief” for the health service, especially when compared to the cuts made to the unprotected. . departments

However, he said it would be “treading water at best as inflation bites and you face mounting pressures from an aging, paying population, addressing the backlog and ongoing costs of Covid.”

“If other parts of the system, especially social care and community care, are also struggling with cost pressures, this makes it more difficult to provide health care and the 2% will buy less,” he said. “Efficiency can only take the NHS so far. Since 2010, if we had kept up with German healthcare spending, we would have spent £73bn more each year, and £40bn more if we had kept pace with France.”

He added: “Without greater recognition that our health is our wealth, and vice versa, and greater focus on its long-term financial sustainability, the NHS is likely to remain in a crisis situation, with difficult trade-offs such as performance and lists of expected to increase for the foreseeable future.

NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard welcomed the funding in the autumn statement, saying it showed “the government has taken its commitment to prioritizing the NHS seriously”. However, last month NHS England forecasts a £7bn deficit in its financing next year, which, he warned, cannot be covered only with efficiency measures.

A Treasury spokesman noted Hunt’s comments in the autumn statement in which he said: “Due to difficult decisions taken elsewhere today, I will increase the NHS budget, in each of the next two years, by $3.3bn. extra sterling… We are committing to a record £8 billion package for our health and social care system – a government that puts the NHS first.”

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