The first all-Conservative budget since 1996 was announced today; George Osborne stood with the famous red briefcase on Downing Street and then delivered the budget to the nation. This was the chancellors 7th budget; however, it was his first without vetoing from other members of the coalition government.
With a mid-morning tweet from Mr Osborne stating, ?Today I will present a Conservative Budget- a budget that puts the economic security first? it didn?t give much insight into what the budget would hold for the future and for our National Health Service.
Earlier in the week, the chair of the British Medical Association, Dr Mark Porter, stated the budget should be used to ?reverse? the planned cuts and focus on allowing the NHS to provide preventative care, taking control of obesity, smoking and alcohol intake. Dr Porter writes, ?This is not the time to be cutting funding?.
We are constantly hearing in the media about how the NHS are being told to tighten their belts and experiencing cuts and restrictions, but does the summer budget mean the NHS are to carry on being thrifty and finding ways to decrease spending?
During the budget, the chancellor spoke about how another 8bn will be committed to the NHS by 2020 on top of 2bn that has already been committed. He stated that NHS could only be strong ?if you have a strong economy?. The commitment of another 8bn will enable to NHS to continue to grow, ensuring patients are receiving the treatment they require and need.
Here at Fletchers Solicitors we often hear from many patients that feel that they have been let down by the NHS and often point that finger at a creaking system that lacks funding. Hopefully the secured additional funding in today?s budget will help increase people?s confidence in the NHS.
To read the full BMA Chair of Council, Dr Mark Porter?s letter click here
To read the full summer budget paper click here