GP premises missed out in 'rushed' government spending review

Government spending plans announced this week were 'another missed opportunity' to turn around years of underinvestment in the NHS, the BMA has warned.

Chancellor Sajid Javid (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Chancellor Sajid Javid (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Chancellor Sajid Javid set out his fast-tracked spending review on Wednesday, announcing 'the fastest planned increase in day-to-day departmental spending in 15 years'.

For the NHS, he announced a £6.2bn increase in funding next year - but the BMA has warned that the vast majority of this is not new funding.

BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: 'Of the £6.2bn NHS funding lauded by the chancellor today, two-thirds of it comes from money announced under the last prime minister in 2018 – which the BMA is clear will not be enough to deliver the government’s ambitions in the long-term plan.

NHS funding

'Most of what’s left is money announced for hospital upgrades last month, largely funded through savings already made by hospitals.'

Dr Nagpaul warned that the announcement had failed to reverse £1bn in cuts to public health spending and that a £1.5bn funding announcement for social care did not go far enough.

The spending review had not provided 'detail on exactly how the government plans to support doctors in training, stop them leaving through burnout, and future-proof our medical workforce', the BMA chair said.

He added that Mr Javid had also delivered 'no long-term capital spending plan to address the £6bn maintenance backlog or investment in GP practice premises, so desperately needed to ensure patients are being treated in safe, up-to-date buildings'.

Brexit deadline

'Amid the chaos unfolding in parliament, the NHS needs certainty, and today’s one-year plan, rushed out ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline, does nothing of the sort,' Dr Nagpaul warned.

The chancellor's announcement confirmed funding set out in the NHS long-term plan that will provide a £20.5bn real-terms increase in funding by 2023/24 for the health service.

The spending review described this as 'a cash increase of £33.9bn a year by 2023/24 compared to 2018/19 budgets'.

Under new funding announced for Health Education England, every nurse, midwife and allied health professional - including nurses working in general practice - will be offered a £1,000 personal development budget over 3 years.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

First COVID-19 jabs to target care home residents and staff under new JCVI advice

First COVID-19 jabs to target care home residents and staff under new JCVI advice

Older adults living in care homes and staff working there will be first to receive...

GPs unable to veto virtual fitness to practise hearings during pandemic

GPs unable to veto virtual fitness to practise hearings during pandemic

GPs facing fitness to practise investigations during the COVID-19 pandemic will be...

Government rejects major NHSPS overhaul - but changes 'could ease GP service charge disputes'

Government rejects major NHSPS overhaul - but changes 'could ease GP service charge disputes'

A government review has rejected calls for a major overhaul of an NHS Property Services...

RCGP urges GPs to collaborate with pharmacies on flu jabs this year

RCGP urges GPs to collaborate with pharmacies on flu jabs this year

The RCGP and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have called on GP practices and community...

GP appointments rising fast as COVID-19 cases 'near 10,000 a day'

GP appointments rising fast as COVID-19 cases 'near 10,000 a day'

GP appointments have risen rapidly in recent weeks as schools returned, according...

COVID-19 impact on medical schools risks 'serious damage' to future NHS workforce

COVID-19 impact on medical schools risks 'serious damage' to future NHS workforce

Medical training and the future NHS workforce could be seriously damaged by the financial...