A ₤ 3bn bundle of brand-new spending to support the NHS in recovering from the pandemic is expected to be announced by the chancellor at next week’s spending review.
The NHS will get ₤ 1bn to resolve backlogs by catching up on checks, scans and operations that were delayed by COVID-19
Around ₤ 1.5 bn will be utilized to ease existing pressures in the health service and ₤500 m will assist support mental health services.
He stated: “The pandemic has had a significant effect on mental health since of increased isolation and unpredictability.
” So it is vital we do whatever we can to support our mental health services and guarantee aid is there for people.
” This funding will ensure those who need assistance get the best assistance as rapidly as possible so they don’t need to suffer in silence.”
However he had a warning for the nation’s finances, informing The Sunday Times: “People will see the scale of the economic shock laid bare.
” We can see the information each month, and clearly the shock that our economy is facing at the minute is substantial.”
” While that’s occurring, definitely the best thing to do is to support the economy, and jobs are my number one priority, however – certainly – you can’t sustain loaning on this level indefinitely,” he said.
” When we get through that, we’ll have to figure out what the best method of returning to sustainable public financial resources is.
Unions have actually reacted angrily to reports the chancellor would be announcing a pay limitation, though frontline NHS medical professionals and nurses are expected to be exempt.
Mr Sunak will also unveil the much-delayed National Facilities Strategy for ₤100 bn of long-lasting costs to assist deal with the environment crisis and invest in transport.