Savings on a daunting scale

Publication:  New Statesman
Reference:  November 2011

There seems little doubt that spending on the NHS across the UK over the next four years will reduce in real terms. As plans and inflation estimates stand now, the NHS in Scotland and Northern Ireland will find spending lags behind inflation - leaving real decreases of around 2 to 3 per cent in budgets by 2014/15. Meanwhile, NHS spending in Wales will fall by around 8 per cent in real terms.

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