NHS Funding

How to fund the NHS in the long-term is one of the most pressing and potent political issues facing the country. Demand for the NHS only continues to rise and as the population ages, there are a growing number of widespread chronic conditions which will be increasingly challenging to address unless there is a credible plan to fund the NHS and social care. 
As I am sure you are aware, the Prime Minister recently announced the Government's intention to provide the NHS with an additional £20.5 billion by 2023/24. This new investment is extremely welcome and I hope you agree that it demonstrates the Government's commitment to properly funding our NHS and public services. Alongside this, the NHS is expected to come up with a ten year plan to demonstrate how it will continue to improve patient care, offer world-class services and increase productivity, which is so important in a taxpayer funded healthcare system.
While the details of how this funding will be provided will be unveiled by the Chancellor, I hope I can assure you that my ministerial colleagues are working to provide a solution which provides the NHS with the investment it needs and is financially sustainable in the long run. It is essential that our public services are supported by a strong and healthy economy and I am confident that the Government will foster the growth and economic dynamism that the NHS needs to thrive.
I am proud of the Government's recent record on the NHS. Despite difficult financial circumstances, NHS investment has increased every year since 2010 and I believe this new investment will help to secure the NHS for the future.