Health spending

Fact checks about increases and decreases in funding of the NHS, including the number of hospitals being built and record levels of funding

25 November 2022

Steve Barclay’s figure for new nurses’ pay includes extra earnings

The health secretary said that a new nurse will typically earn over £31,000 a year on current pay. This is an estimate that includes extra earnings such as overtime. Basic …

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Steve Barclay’s figure for new nurses’ pay includes extra earnings
22 September 2022

Health secretary’s claim on health spending fact checked

Dr Thérèse Coffey said health and social care account for 40% of government day-to-day spending. That’s only true if you don’t count spending on things like pensions.

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Health secretary’s claim on health spending fact checked
17 June 2022

Health spending isn’t set to account for almost half of all taxes

Figures quoted by LBC presenter Nick Ferrari didn’t take account of the total amount of public spending.

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Health spending isn’t set to account for almost half of all taxes
18 November 2021

Health doesn’t account for 40% of day-to-day public spending

Health accounts for around 20% of day-to-day public spending, not 40%.

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Health doesn’t account for 40% of day-to-day public spending
29 April 2021

Boris Johnson promised to publish his Dyson communications—we’re still waiting on “all the details”

The Prime Minister originally said he would share ‘all the details’ with the House of Commons and ‘communications’ would be published.

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Boris Johnson promised to publish his Dyson communications—we’re still waiting on “all the details”
12 March 2021

Clearing up the NHS pay debate

Parliament made a commitment to raise the total NHS budget, but did not specify how that money should be spent.

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Clearing up the NHS pay debate
11 March 2021

Has the NHS had its budget reduced by £30 billion?

Labour claims that the Budget took £30bn out of day to day health spending, this is true if you include the withdrawal of last year’s Covid money.

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Has the NHS had its budget reduced by £30 billion?
14 January 2020

State spending isn’t at a record high when you consider the size of the economy

Public spending amounts to around 40% of the size of the economy. It’s been smaller before. It’s also been bigger before.

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State spending isn’t at a record high when you consider the size of the economy
26 November 2019

The £20.5 billion NHS England spending increase is the largest five year increase since the mid-2000s

NHS England spending is set to increase by £20.5 billion between 2018/19 and 2023/24. The last time spending increased by at least that amount was between 2004/05 and 2009/10.

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The £20.5 billion NHS England spending increase is the largest five year increase since the mid-2000s
3 October 2019

The government has given six hospitals money to upgrade buildings

Another 21 hospital trusts were given money to plan for new buildings, but not to actually begin construction.

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The government has given six hospitals money to upgrade buildings

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