Nurses walking in a ward

NHS and social care to receive £7bn funding package

The Government has announced a £7bn package of funding for health and care services to support the next phase of the NHS response to Covid-19, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

Over the next six months, the NHS will receive £6.6bn in additional funding to support the continued delivery of the health service’s Covid-19 response, as well as the recovery of elective services as hospitalisation figures continue to fall.

The additional funding package brings the total amount of additional support given to UK health services to handle Covid-19 to £92bn, with £63bn awarded for this year and £29bn for next year.

Of the £6.6bn funding to the NHS, it will help provide support and capacity as the pandemic continues.

It is intended to be used to support the hospital discharge programme, primary care costs, infection control measures and long Covid services.

Similarly, it will ensure the NHS can continue to provide the mental health and occupational health support services it has put in place for nurses, paramedics, therapists, pharmacists and other staff working on the frontline during the pandemic.

In addition, the Government announced an additional £341m for adult social care to enable to continuation of rigorous infection prevention measures and support rapid testing to keep staff and residents safe in day care, respite care, care homes and other community care settings.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We’ve backed the NHS at every point in this pandemic, so they can treat patients, stay safe and save lives.

“We’re backing them again today with a further £6.6bn of funding for the first half of this financial year, including £594m towards safe hospital discharge.

“I can announce £341m to support adult social care with the costs of infection prevention control and testing that will make sure visits are safe for everyone.

“We will also be extending enhanced discharge arrangements for mental health patients.”

Website cover

NHE May/June 2024

Join the conversation shaping the future of healthcare.

Click below to read more!

More articles...

View all
Online Conference

Presenting

2024 Online Conferences

In partnership with our community of health sector leaders responsible for delivering the UK's health strategy across the NHS and the wider health sector, we’ve devised a collaborative calendar of conferences and events for industry leaders to listen, learn and collaborate through engaging and immersive conversation. 

All our conferences are CPD accredited, which means you can gain points to advance your career by attending our online conferences. Also, the contents are available on demand so you can re-watch at your convenience.

National Health Executive Podcast

Listen to industry leaders on everything within healthcare

Whether it's the latest advancements in medical technology, healthcare policies, patient care innovations, or the challenges facing healthcare providers, we cover it all.

 

Join us as we engage with top healthcare professionals, industry leaders, and policy experts to bring you insightful conversations that matter.