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What the government must do if it is serious about funding the health service

Recent pledges alone will not transform the nation’s health. There must also be a commitment to investing in NHS infrastructure

File photo dated 03/10/14 of a ward at a hospital. It is claimed only one in eight hospital trusts comply with regulations on reporting patient complaints which risks undermining confidence in the NHS.

The House of Commons has just passed a bill enshrining into law extra funding for the NHS, described by the government as the “biggest increase in modern memory.” But while the government is trumpeting extra funding, heavy-hitting independent organisations have been sounding serious concerns about NHS finances. The National Audit Office (NAO) published two reports on NHS financial sustainability and capital funding this week, warning that the NHS still faces…

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