Hammond 'ordered NHS chief to back health funding plan'

Hammond 'ordered NHS chief to back health funding plan'
 

Philip Hammond only agreed to the NHS’s £20bn budget boost on condition that the service’s outspoken chief executive backed the deal, sources close to the deal have disclosed.
The chancellor made it clear in tense eleventh-hour negotiations that Simon Stevens had to publicly welcome the funding deal or he would not give NHS England as much money as Theresa May announced.
Unless Stevens did so Hammond would have handed the NHS a smaller percentage rise in each of the next five years than the 3.4% it will get.
Stevens, a former adviser to Tony Blair in Downing Street, has taken issue publicly... read more

 
19 June 2018 in Health, Views: 54
Source: Guardian
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