Budget 2017: NHS trusts given extra £350m for entire winter

Full story in The Independent, 23 November 2017

The NHS has been given £350m to see it through the winter in the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, after its chief executive, Simon Stevens, asked for the £350m a week pledged by Brexit campaigners.

Philip Hammond pledged an extra £2.8bn in one-off funding for the health service to cope with immediate pressures up to 2020, the bulk of which will be delivered in 2018/19.

This will be broken down into £350m this year, which will be available “immediately to allow trusts to plan for winter”, £1.6bn for 2018/19, and the remaining £850m in 2019/20.