Thank you very much for contacting me about how to fund the NHS in the future. I read your email carefully and noted the points that you raise.
How to fund the NHS in the long-term is one of the most pressing political issues facing the country. Demand for the NHS only continues to rise, and as the population ages, there are a growing number of widespread chronic conditions which will be increasingly expensive and challenging to address, without a credible and effective plan to fund the NHS and social care.
As you highlight in your email, the Government intends to provide the NHS with an additional £20.5 billion by 2023/24. This huge new investment - one of the largest in the NHS’s history - is extremely welcome, and I hope you agree it demonstrates the Government’s commitment to properly funding our NHS.
Alongside this, the NHS is expected to come up with a ten year plan to demonstrate how it will continue to improve patient care, offer world-class services, and increase productivity, which is so important in a taxpayer funded healthcare system. This will be further supported by a £10 billion programme of capital investment, to help the NHS build world-class infrastructure, as well as additional support for social care services.
While the details of how this funding will be provided will be unveiled by the Chancellor, I hope I can assure you that my ministerial colleagues are working to provide a solution which provides the NHS with the investment it needs, and is financially sustainable in the long run. It is essential that our public services are supported by a strong and healthy economy, and I have every faith that the Government will continue to help foster the growth and economic dynamism of our market economy that the NHS ultimately relies on in order to thrive.
In summary, I am proud of the Government’s recent record on the NHS. Despite difficult financial circumstances, NHS investment has increased every year since 2010, and I believe this new investment will help to secure the NHS for the future.
Once again thank you for taking the time to contact me.