Rishi Sunak

NHS funding in 2021 budget confirmed

The official announcement of the 2021 budget has confirmed that the NHS will receive an additional £5.9bn in funding, totalling £176.5bn, a twenty-seven percent increase compared to the 2010 budget.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak voiced plans to build forty new hospitals, over one hundred community diagnostic centres, as well as growing the workforce by fifty-thousand nurses.

Sunak also confirmed that the social care levy will be going directly into the NHS and social care system.

"If we don’t invest in this widespread change now, we not only face a bleak winter, but we may witness the ultimate breaking point for our NHS.”

Dr Murray Ellender, GP and Co-founder of eConsult

As a new national living wage was announced, the Chancellor promised that there would be an independent pay review for the public sector and that ‘workers will see and fair and affordable’ pay rise over the next coming years.

In the breakdown of the budget, £2.9bn is set to be spent on new diagnostic equipment such as MRI, CT and ultrasound scanners. A further £1.5bn will be spent on extra hospital beds and surgical hubs, which will create better capacity to deal with the backlog in routine operations.

The rest of the designated budget will be put towards IT and technology within the NHS, equating to £2.1bn of investment into new software’s and faster broadband amongst other improvements.

Dr Murray Ellender, practicing GP and Co-founder of eConsult said: “Whilst it’s positive news that £2.1bn has been earmarked for ‘improving IT and digital technology’, the only way to give the patients who need it a better and more direct route to care is by investing in digital triage.

“The system is currently failing to do this. Our latest data tells us that nearly half of UK adults who visited the emergency room in the last 12 months did not require urgent A&E treatment. In fact, upon seeing a medical professional, 24% were told to visit another health professional, 13% of whom were sent to their GP and 11% who were sent to a pharmacist.”

After a tremendously difficult and challenging year for the health care system it was hoped that the current government would back the NHS financially to combat the lengthy waiting lists some patients are facing.

Dr Murray Ellender added, “the pandemic has made it abundantly clear that the entire system is built on a flawed infrastructure of insufficient and disconnected triage. If we don’t invest in this widespread change now, we not only face a bleak winter, but we may witness the ultimate breaking point for our NHS.”

NHE March/April 22

NHE Jan/Feb 22

Calling time on stop gap solutions

The new edition of NHE’s e-magazine highlights the newest digital innovation, environmental efforts, procurement projects and more with articles from the likes of Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of the NHS Confederation (pg38), Health Education England and NHS Supply Chain.  

Videos...

View all videos
National Health Executive Presents

National Health Executive Presents

NHE365 Virtual Events

NHE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of healthcare services. Over 365 days you'll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with the knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Finger on the Pulse

Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

More articles...

View all