UK budget's rises in health and social care spending won't help patients, say health leaders – The BMJ

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New funding rises for the NHS and social care announced in the UK chancellor’s autumn statement this week will soon be swallowed up, health leaders and analysts have said.
The BMA said that rising inflation was set to outstrip the health budget increase at a time when pressures in hospitals, general practices, and across the healthcare system “have never been greater.”
“This failure to match spending with the cost of providing care means services will inevitably be impacted and patients will suffer further,” said Emma Runswick, the BMA’s deputy chair of council.
The chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, delivering the autumn financial statement on 17 November, said that the NHS budget will rise by £3.3bn (€3.8bn; $3.9bn) in each of the next two years and social care …
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