NHS cuts

  • The NHS budget and how it has changed

    From the King's Fund, updated 12th May 2017:  https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/nhs-in-a-nutshell/nhs-budget


    Department of Health budget (in real terms at 2017/18 prices)

    Source: Department of Health annual report and accounts 2015/16; Central government supply estimates 2016-17, supplementary estimates and new estimates – Feb 2017; HM Treasury GDP deflators at market prices, and money GDP March 2017 (Quarterly national accounts, March 2017)

    Planned spending for the Department of Health in England is approximately £123.7 billion in 2017/18 (at 2017/18 prices).

    In the 2015 Spending Review the government announced that funding for the Department of Health would increase to £133.1 billion (or £126.5 billion at 2017/18 prices after adjusting for inflation) by 2020/21. The increase in health spending between 2015/16 and 2020/21 is less than the government has claimed, mainly because ministers have chosen to highlight the funding provided to NHS England only, rather than the Department of Health’s total budget.

    Though NHS funding is continuing to grow, the rate of growth is slowing considerably compared to historical trends. The Department of Health budget will grow by 1.1 per cent in real terms between 2009/10 and 2020/21. This is far below the long-term average increases in health spending of approximately 4 per cent a year (in real terms) since the NHS was established.

    Looking ahead, between 2017/18 and 2019/20 the Department of Health budget will increase by just 0.6 per cent on average each year in real terms. This will place increasing pressure on the NHS, as demand for services is continuing to grow.


  • 10 charts that show why the NHS is in trouble

    Nick Triggle, Health Correspondent - BBC News website 7th February 2017

    Although this article is now four months old, it is still a useful summary of the overall problems besetting the NHS and social care in the UK.

    What it does not address is (1) the impact of wasteful marketisation and (2) the massive reorganisation called "Sustainability and Transformation Plans" which the Conservative government and CEO Simon Stevens are currently promoting.

    The charts are:


    1. We spend more on the NHS than ever before

    2. A bigger proportion of public spending goes on health

    3. Key A&E targets are being missed

    4. The UK's population is ageing

    5. Care for older people costs much more

    6. Increases in NHS spending have slowed

    7. The UK spends a lower proportion on health than other EU countries

    8. Demand for A&E is rising

    9. Fewer older people are getting help with social care

    10. Much more is spent on front-line healthcare than social care

  • Vote for the NHS Meeting Tuesday 30th May 2017, Askew Road Church, W12

  • Vote for the NHS Meeting Tuesday 30th May 2017, Askew Road Church, W12

  • STPs will let in more private sector companies as the NHS is stripped of funds



    Letter to the Guardian from John Furse and others, 38 Degrees Chelsea and Fulham

    We’re disturbed by David Babbs’s article (Politicians have failed the NHS. We need people power to save it, 26 August). The 38 Degrees report on NHS “Sustainability and Transformation Plans” to which he refers doesn’t point to what’s behind NHS England’s carrot-and-stick strategy.

    By offering additional funding for NHS commissioners who satisfactorily reduce their deficits and by threatening punitive “special measures” for those who don’t, the STPs will serve private sector interests. NHS cuts to reduce deficits will mean the NHS, and the public, having to seek more services from the private sector. More public money will benefit private companies whose services cost far more than a publicly funded, publicly run NHS. Less accessible services and longer waiting times will push the public to pay for private health insurance.

    Babbs omits to mention US influence in NHS restructuring, which Jeremy Hunt has acknowledged. Major US consultancies and healthcare corporations like McKinsey and UnitedHealth are heavily involved. But he confirms that 38 Degrees commissioned Incisive Health, lobbyists for Virgin Healthcare and the privatisers’ NHS Partners Network, to produce its crowdfunded report. It’s not surprising it glosses over what the STPs prefigure – the replacement of an NHS once recognised as world leading in cost-effective public healthcare by a privatised system whose providers’ financial interests will have undue sway. As members of 38 Degrees, we think it’s vital that it isn’t seen as an NHS privatisers’ tool.

    John Furse,Barbara Beese, Julia Campbell, Verite Reily Collins, Jim Grealy, Merril Hammer, Karl Hevera, Ian Irvine, Tina Mackenzie, Craig Nicol, John Ralph, Linda Robinson, Teresa Schaefer, Heinz Schumi, Margaret Spector, Alexandra Veres, Martin Woodford
    38 Degrees Chelsea and Fulham Group