Cuts Watch #300: the NHS
Information from the House of Commons Library obtained by John Healey confirms that the Spending Review did not spare the NHS: it was in fact cut by 0.5 per cent.
In his Spending Review speech, the Chancellor claimed to have “announced real increases in the NHS budget.” The Spending Review documentation claims “total spending growing by 0.4 per cent over the Spending Review period.”
But these figures include £1 billion for social care – previously provided by local government.
Research from the House of Commons Library obtained by John Healey MP confirms that, when this sum is deducted from the NHS total – as it should be if we are to compare like with like – it emerges that the budget for health is being cut by £500m between 2010-11 and 2014-15. Taking inflation into account this is a real-terms cut of 0.54 per cent.