Health: Strengthening our NHS

  • The NHS is always there for us – free at the point of use for everyone in the country – and truly showcases the very best of Britain.


  • The Prime Minister has made it his immediate task to make sure our frontline services have the funding they need, to make a real difference to the lives of NHS staff, and above all, of patients.


  • That’s why we are delivering an additional £33.9 billion for the NHS, so it can continue to be the best healthcare service in the world.


Getting our country back on the road to a brighter future by:


  • Confirming our commitment to deliver the biggest cash boost ever for the NHS. We are delivering £33.9 billion more for the NHS by 2023-24, with an initial £6.2 billion increase this year.


  • Upgrading 20 hospitals and building 40 new ones, ensuring extra funding for the NHS goes straight to the front line. We are providing £850 million for 20 hospital upgrades, £2.7 billion for the first six new hospitals plus seed funding for the further 34 hospitals to progress their projects.


  • Boost mental health services to ensure everyone receives the care they need. £2.3 billion of the £33.9 billion funding boost for the NHS will be spent on mental health services – improving services with a focus on prevention, community services and young people.


  • Supporting the NHS workforce to continue delivering world class care. We have announced a £210 million funding boost for frontline NHS staff, including a £1,000 personal development budget for every nurse, midwife and allied health professional to support delivery of our NHS Long Term Plan. There are already over 17,100 more doctors than in May 2010, and over 16,900 more nurses on our wards.


  • Renewing efforts to improve vaccination uptakes and restoring the UK’s measles-free status. We have outlined a series of measures to encourage vaccination programmes, including strengthening the role of immunisation professionals, addressing parental concerns and misinformation around vaccinations and delivering a comprehensive strategy this autumn to eradicate measles, mumps and rubella.


Q: Will the NHS be part of trade talks with the USA?

Under no circumstances would we agree to any free trade deal that put the NHS on the table. The Prime Minister and the Health Secretary have been clear that it is not for sale.