Budget - PwC comments on coronavirus fund and NHS funding allocation

Mar 11, 2020

PwC Public Sector Health Leader, David Morris comments on today's budget: 

In response to Coronavirus fund:

"The Chancellor announced that the NHS will get ‘whatever extra resources it needs’ during this coronavirus outbreak. He has committed a £5bn emergency fund to assist with research, recruitment and support for the health service.

"This is a significant commitment and absolutely necessary given the uncertainty of how Covid-19 might affect the UK population, staff working in the health sector, and every aspect of our NHS. The health service will bear the brunt of Covid-19 and needs the necessary resources.

"What is now needed is clear signalling around the priorities that leaders in the sector should balance with taking the necessary steps to keep all of the vital non Covid-19 activities on track.

In response to NHS funding allocation:

"All new money into the NHS is welcome. It’s vital, however, that new cash is distributed effectively to ensure improved patient outcomes and not just increased activity. New hospital building programmes must draw on the lessons of past capital spending to ensure they deliver real value to the taxpayer as well as producing the most technologically advanced, patient-centric care settings possible."

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