Spending review welcomed, but a sustainable solution for social care must be a priority
13 March 2019
- The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has presented his Spring Statement to the House of Commons.
- Hammond confirmed that the government will hold a spending review which will conclude alongside the Budget.
- This will set departmental budgets, including three year budgets for resource spending, if an EU exit deal is agreed.
- The government has launched a review of private financing options for public infrastructure and said it will no longer procure PFI-type projects that are “off-balance sheet”.
Responding to the Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement NHS Providers director of policy and strategy Miriam Deakin said:
“We welcome the Chancellor’s confirmation of a three year comprehensive spending review to be announced in the autumn, but this will be needed even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The additional £20.5bn revenue already committed to the NHS by 2022/23 is a generous settlement in the context of wider public spending, but in order to be effective it needs to be backed by an appropriate long term commitment to capital investment, workforce training and education and public health.
There is still no clear picture on how the government intends to deliver a sustainable plan and investment in social care, which is desperately needed to ensure that patients and those in most need can be given the long-term support and care they need.Director of Policy and Strategy
“There is still no clear picture on how the government intends to deliver a sustainable plan and investment in social care, which is desperately needed to ensure that patients and those in most need can be given the long-term support and care they need. We look forward to the long delayed green paper on social care, which will set the government’s approach on this vital issue.
“We look forward to looking in detail at the consultation on the proposals for an alternative to PFI and what the future arrangements will be for trusts with existing PFI contracts.”