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NHS: Finance

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL1387, tabled on 5 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the amount of long-term funding for the NHS.

Answered on

12 February 2020

The National Health Service will see its day-to-day spending rise by £33.9 billion in cash terms by 2023-24. We are now enshrining this funding in law through the NHS Funding Bill.

In September 2019 we announced the next stage of our strategic investment in the NHS; the Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP). The HIP will deliver a long-term, rolling five-year programme of investment in health infrastructure. This will ensure that health infrastructure is fit-for-purpose for decades to come.

At the centre of the HIP is a new hospital building programme, which we are backing with £2.7 billion funding for six new hospital schemes that are receiving funding to go ahead now, aiming to deliver by 2025, and £100 million seed funding for a further 21 schemes, covering 34 hospitals, that have the green light to go to the next stage of developing their plans, aiming to deliver between 2025 and 2030.

Future NHS capital funding will be provided for in the multi-year capital settlement the Department will receive at the next capital review.