The King's Fund responds to £3 billion NHS funding boost

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Commenting on the £3 billion NHS funding boost announced by the Prime Minister, Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst at The King’s Fund, said:

‘The £3 billion in extra NHS funding announced today is far greater than the winter funding boosts NHS services have been given in previous years. But this is no ordinary winter as the NHS faces the continued threat from Covid-19, a rising backlog for care and potential flu outbreaks as colder weather sets in. There will be many calls on this extra money, and it is likely that the Chancellor will be asked for yet more funding if a second wave of Covid-19 or a bad flu season emerges.

‘Extra funding for NHS services is welcome and will help maintain the extra capacity that was put in place over recent months – including extra beds and staff across NHS hospitals, Nightingale hospitals and the private sector. But to maintain and improve care for patients it is equally important that financial support is provided for social care services so that the health and care systems has the funding and staff they need in the coming months.’

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