George Osborne cut NHS repairs fund by £1.1bn, says independent Commons Library

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As you can see, spending on the NHS has been falling since 2009.

The Guardian has inaccurately attributed the claim that the Tories cut the NHS repair fund to Labour, but Labour only commissioned a report – from the independent House of Commons Library.

We may therefore accept these figures as accurate.

They also support David Laws’ claims about Tory underfunding of the NHS, of course.

Hospitals are facing a rising backlog of repairs and out-of-date equipment because NHS funds are being used to shore up frontline services.

The cost of outstanding maintenance work that hospitals in England need to do has reached £4.3bn, including £458m of “high-risk” repairs, which if left unaddressed could threaten patient safety. They include leaking roofs and out-of-date scanners.

At the same time the NHS’s capital budget, which pays for repairs and new equipment, has been cut by £1.1bn this year and the money used to hire staff and meet waiting time targets.

It was due to be £4.8bn but an analysis by the House of Commons Library, commissioned by Labour, found that the fine print of last week’s budget confirmed that it is now only £3.7bn.

Source: George Osborne cut NHS repairs fund by £1.1bn, claims Labour | Society | The Guardian

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2 thoughts on “George Osborne cut NHS repairs fund by £1.1bn, says independent Commons Library

  1. jeffrey davies

    billion and billions of pounds have been cut from the nhs only to turn up in the pockets of atos crapita maximus serco salus yep starved of monies only diverted to these leeches parasitic companies

  2. Barry Davies

    It is because the introduction of the trust system as a fore runner of privatisation has lead to underfunding and highly expensive inefficient management, that just about every trust is financially strapped for cash, and yet they intend to follow this disastrous political idea by repeating it with the academy system for education.

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