This week the chancellor George Osborne delivered his Governments spending review. For many, eyes were firmly fixed on matters related to the NHS.
The first priority of this government is the first priority of the British people – our National Health Service.
he said in his speech.
Faced with £22 billion worth of efficiency savings, how would the priority be met?
Well, the NHS has been promised a a £10bn real increase in the health service budget, £6bn of which will be given upfront.
This is a half a trillion pound commitment to the NHS over this Parliament – the largest investment in the health service since its creation.
Time to celebrate perhaps? well not quite.
This blog from Sally Gainsbury, Senior policy analyst at Nuffield Trust, explains why all that glitters is far from gold.