Autumn Budget 2017: Chancellor ups spending on NHS England by £2.8bn until 2020

 
Alys Key
Follow Alys
NHS Workers Strike Over Cuts
The NHS will get additional funding this winter (Source: Getty)

NHS services gained another boost in today's Autumn Budget, as the chancellor said the public expected more funding thanks to promises made during the Brexit campaign.

An extra £2.8bn will be injected into health services in England up to the beginning of 2020. Part of this will be delivered immediately in the form of £350m for the winter.

The rest will be spread out over the next two years, with most coming in next year. It adds to what was already a planned £9bn increase.

Read more: Canadian drug giant overcharged NHS by "millions"

"Our NHS is one of our great institutions, an essential part of what we are as a nation and a source of pride the length and breadth of the country," said Hammond. "Its values are the values of the British people, and we will always back it. Dedicated NHS staff are handling the challenges of an ageing population and rapidly advancing technology with skill and commitment."

It came as pressure for extra funding has increased, following NHS England chief executive's Simon Stevens insistence that the service was entitled to the £350m a week promised by Boris Johnson's battle bus during the Brexit campaign.

Read more: Odds on BoJo to leave Cabinet jump after repeating £350m Brexit-NHS claim

Hammond also confirmed that health minister Jeremy Hunt is involved in discussions which could increase pay for nurses.

Related articles