The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, has announced the details of the 2020 spending review which sets out details of the government’s spending for the next year.
The key announcements include:
- an extra £3 billion for the NHS in England to tackle the elective backlog, waiting times for mental health services and to help ease existing pressures caused by COVID-19
- £260 million for Health Education England to continue to grow the NHS workforce, including training more new nurses and doctors
- a Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) research and development (R&D) budget of £1.3 billion to continue the world-leading work of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Genomics England (GEL) and their research into better patient outcomes, including on COVID-19, as well as supporting the wider UK life sciences sector
- £559 million to support the modernisation of technology across the health and care system
- £15 billion for Test and Trace
- £2.1 billion to continue to maintain and distribute stocks of personal protective equipment
- £163 million for medicines and therapeutics
- £325 million for the NHS to invest in new diagnostic machines
- £9.4 million to improve maternity safety.
For more information, please read the press release. MAP will continue to track these developments as further details are announced.