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Does Boris Johnson’s NHS funding boost add up?

Small handouts are no substitute for proper long-term vision

By Ruth Thorlby  

Photo: Darren Staples/PA Wire/PA Images

Talk about ungrateful. For months, a chorus of voices in the NHS policy world have been calling for urgent funding for NHS buildings, equipment and IT. Capital funding was not included in last year’s five-year funding settlement, which only covered day-to-day running costs for the NHS in England. The funding settlement was followed by the NHS Long Term Plan, which set out bold ideas to improve a broad range of services. But many of them, such as boosting cancer survival rates by catching the disease earlier,…

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