NHS chief’s call for £4bn emergency cash injection dismissed by Philip Hammond

Full story in The Guardian, 19 November 2017

Philip Hammond has dismissed calls from the head of the NHS for an emergency cash injection of £4bn, as he said people running public services always predict ”Armageddon” before a budget.

The chancellor hinted the NHS could get more money to cover the cost of ending the public sector pay freeze for nurses and other workers.

But he downplayed the need for the £4bn cash injection demanded by Simon Stevens, the health service chief.

He also accused Stevens of failing to meet his side of a bargain in which he pledged to turn around the NHS in return for an extra £10bn by 2020.