In the Statement published on 17 November, the Treasury state “While delivering overall spending restraint, the government is prioritising further investment in the NHS and social care”.
£8 billion of funding will be made available for the NHS and adult social care in England in 2024-25. So, it’s important to understand what this will look like in reality:
- The government is channelling additional investment in social care to support quality of services and discharges in the NHS
- Asks for improvements in Ambulance response times, A&E waiting times and GP access
- Signals key priorities around workforce, ICB decision making, continuation of capital programmes, elective recovery and maternity services
- Limited focus on investment in digital, life sciences and tackling health inequalities
We’ve summarised the Autumn Statement’s implications for you – our health and social care partners – in a snapshot below.