The spending review: what does it mean for health and care?

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As the excitement around the spending review begins to abate, at least a little, it may be a good time to make a first assessment of where it leaves health and social care.

First off, on the big financial aggregates, the government is providing the Department of Health with an additional £4.5bn in real terms over the years 2015-16 (ie now) to 2020-21. If that’s a difficult number to interpret, it means broadly the same annual real terms growth as was provided by the coalition government after 2010 (at a little under 1 per cent a year).

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