The chancellor Philip Hammond today (13 March) announced the latest economic forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility, in a brief statement to MPs in the House of Commons.
As the new format of the spring statement isn’t intended to make any funding announcements, the chancellor reiterated the extra funding given to the NHS in the 2017 Budget statement.
He also reaffirmed his commitment to further funding for Agenda for Change pay, subject to an agreement in the negotiations on pay structure reform that are currently underway between NHS Employers, trade unions and the Department of Health and Social Care.
The chancellor did announce plans for a detailed review of public spending that will inform the allocation of funding between departments, with a hope of further increases in public spending in the coming years.
NHS Confederation’s response
Responding to the statement, and the lack of reference to social care, Confed chief executive Niall Dickson called it a ‘missed opportunity.’
He called for ‘political courage’ and asked for the government to support the NHS and care services with the ‘intolerable pressures today’, and lay out a ‘comprehensive plan for a sustainable NHS and social care system for the next 10 to 15 years.’
Read Niall Dickson’s statement in full on the NHS Confed media centre.