Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cameron Pledges to Pump PS8bn a Year into the NHS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cameron Pledges to Pump PS8bn a Year into the NHS

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DAVID Cameron is laying down the gauntlet to Labour by pledging to pump at least an extra PS8bn a year into the NHS by 2020.

The Prime Minister said he would protect the health service by funding in full the five-year reform plan put forward by its chief executive Simon Stevens.

The commitment means that over-75s will be guaranteed same-day access to GPs, patients will be able to see doctors out of regular office hours and the NHS will provide a full range of services seven days a week, according to Mr Cameron.

The blueprint unveiled by Mr Stevens last October predicted that if health spending rose only in line with inflation, growing demand for care would leave NHS England with a PS30bn funding gap by 2020.

The chief executive said around PS22bn of that could be met through efficiencies - but the rest would have to come from government coffers.

The blueprint received a warm reception from politicians, but up to now only the Liberal Democrats had committed to finding the extra money. …

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