Medical training and public health budget hit as chancellor slashes non-NHS funding

The Government is cutting the Department of Health’s budget for non-frontline services such as medical training and public health by £1.5bn next year, it revealed in today’s long-awaited Spending Review announcement.

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that he was increasing the NHS budget by £3.8bn from next year, as part of plans to raise the overall budget by £10bn by 2020.

However, today’s announcement revealed that some of this funding will come from cuts to other parts of the budget.

Health experts said that such cuts were a ‘false economy’, and would lead to greater costs further on.

Full story in Pulse 25 November 2015