Thursday, 13 May 2010

NHS to get funding increase

I was pleased to see in the coalition agreement the following section:

The parties agree that funding for the NHS should increase in real terms in each year of the Parliament

Although the Lib Dems argued that nowhere should be off limits, I think this is a good guarantee which will reassure people worried by Labour lies that the new coalition will slash and burn in the NHS. It means NHS staff can plan for the future and that NHS settlements will go up above inflation even during the hard times the government is facing. This is a good thing, as I know from my previous experience as a NHS non-exec board member that rising costs in the NHS for things such as innovative treatments often put pressure on budgets.

Good news.

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