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The £20bn is welcome, but uncertainty in NHS funding still reigns

Look beneath the headlines and it turns out the sum is contingent on results in the health service

By Siva Anandaciva  

Prime Minister Theresa May and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt met nurses during a tour of Royal Free Hospital in London. Photo: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire/PA Images

The baseball player Yogi Berra once said, “when you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

A similar sense of strategic confusion and indecision has pervaded NHS funding in recent years, as the Treasury first sets firm budgets for the NHS and then finds itself topping these up in drips and drabs as pressures on services mount. The prime minister’s announcement of…

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