BMA report

BMA position on health spend

We assess the NHS funding settlement - is it enough and how should it be spent?

Location: England
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Tuesday 8 September 2020
Topics: NHS delivery and workforce
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In 2018, the Government announced plans for a long-term plan for the NHS including an increase in funding.

Under the plan, NHS funding will grow on average by 3.4% in real terms each year from 2019/20 to 2023/24, increasing the NHS England budget by £20.5 billion by 2023/24.


What you'll get from this briefing

  • Details of the proposed funding.
  • How the funding compares to increase in patient demand and EU average spend.
  • How the money will be raised and how it should be spent.
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  • About the 10-year plan for the NHS
  • Potential legislative changes
  • Is the funding enough?
  • Historical comparison
  • Assessment of growing patient need
  • European comparison
  • Germany comparison
  • How the money will be raised
  • Brexit dividend
  • How the new money should be spent
  • BMA view and next steps