The UK Treasury’s budget, led by Rishi Sunak, this week will include an additional 8.1 billion dollars in spending to finance the country’s health services over the next few years, aimed at easing the burden on healthcare, the ministry said in a statement on Friday. Sunday (24/10).
The amount falls outside of an 11 billion dollar package announced in September to tackle the unmanageable buildup of healthcare services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the finance ministry said.
The spending aims to increase optional activities within the National Health Service (NHS), such as scanning and non-emergency procedures, by 30 percent in the 2024/25 fiscal year.
The increase consisted of $3.2 billion for medical tests, $2.9 billion for improving the technology behind healthcare, and $2 billion for adding bed capacity.
“This is a decisive investment in the NHS to ensure we have the right buildings, equipment and systems to give patients the help they need and ensure the NHS is good for the future,” Sunak said in a statement. [vm/rs]