The Conservatives are investing in our NHS:
- Delivering the biggest cash boost in history for the NHS and enshrining that increase in law, to safeguard it for future generations. We are investing an additional £33.9 billion in frontline NHS services every year by 2023-24, the largest and longest funding settlement in the history of the NHS.
- Protecting our A&Es for the winter. This £3.7 billion comes on top of the £450 million we have announced for 142 A&E upgrades ahead of winter, to improve infection control and increase capacity.
- Delivering on our promises with £5.4 billion more for the NHS and health service – writing the cheque for 50,000 more nurses and 50 million more GP surgery appointments per year. At the last Budget, we announced £5.4 billon in this Parliament to support the recruitment, retraining and retaining of 50,000 more nurses including a new nursing maintenance grant for all nursing students. There are already 13,100 more nurses working in the NHS compared to last year, as well as over 9,200 doctors.
- Upgrading 20 hospitals so that patients receive the very best care from our NHS. As announced last year, 20 hospitals will receive a share of £850 million to upgrade outdates facilities and equipment, with enabling works already beginning at several sites.
We are protecting the NHS through coronavirus:
- Ensuring the NHS has the funding it needs to tackle coronavirus and save lives. We have approved £31.9 billion of support health services, including over £15 billion for PPE to protect frontline staff, £10 billion for Test and Trace, £1 billion to procure additional ventilators for the NHS, and a further £5.5 billion on health services, including the NHS.
- Delivering an additional £3 billion to the NHS in England to ensure that it can continue providing world-class care throughout the winter months ahead. This will allow the NHS to continue to use the extra hospital capacity acquired from the independent sector and also to maintain the Nightingale hospitals until the end of March 2021. This funding comes on top of the £30 billion we have already announced for health and social care this year.
- Ensuring the NHS and social care sector has enough equipment and PPE, should cases begin to rise again in the winter. We have increased the number of ventilators available across the UK from 9,000 before the pandemic to 30,000 now. We have also delivered over 3.5 billion items of PPE to date, and have ordered 28 billion items to provide a continuous supply over coming months.