Chancellor announced that the NHS is “first in line” during Spring Statement 2019


The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, revealed the Government’s Spring Statement 2019 on 13 March.

During his speech he announced plans to improve cancer and mental health care, and a transformation project around GP services.


Spending Plans for the NHS

Moving forward, the Government wants tax payers to receive real value from the money they are investing. To achieve this, the Government will focus on delivering high-quality outcomes.

Mr Hammond will launch a full three-year Spending Review before the summer recess, which will be concluded and announced alongside the Autumn Budget. The Spending Review will set departmental budgets, of course including the NHS.

During his speech, Mr Hammond said:

“We have made our biggest choice on public spending:

putting the NHS first in line – as the British public would expect…

…with my RHF the Prime Minister’s announcement of £34 billion of additional funding per year by the end of the period – the single largest cash commitment ever made by a peacetime British Government – to support our long-term plan for the NHS…”

Last year, to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that funding for the NHS in England would be increased by £20.5 billion by 2023/24. As healthcare spending is devolved across the UK, central government is only responsible for how NHS spend is placed in England.


Healthcare Procurement

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To find out more about NHS spend, visit our Healthcare Tenders page.


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