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The Chancellor of the Exchequer seems to think we all have short attention spans.

He has announced that £22 billion of “savings” will be found in NHS England, and funding will rise from £101 billion to £120 billion by 2020-21.

The first announcement is nothing new; Tories have been after £22 billion in spending cuts for a considerable time.

As for the rise in funding – on the face of it, this would provide £41 billion for frontline healthcare, but This Writer’s problem is illustrated by the following graph:

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At the time this graph was created, the Conservative-led government was demanded that we accept it was funding real-terms increases in funding of the NHS in England. As you can see, this was not even being managed in money terms.

In fact, if funding this year is £101 billion, then it has stood still since 2010 – and we all know that the NHS in England is in a deep crisis involving the care available for the funds being provided.

What should NHS funding be, in England today?

Is £120 billion likely to be enough by 2021?

And how much of that will be going to private firms as profit, rather than to UK citizens as medical care?

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