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NHS needs £50bn more by 2030 in England, claims Lord Darzi report

The NHS needs £50bn more by 2030 in England, a report by former health minister Lord Darzi suggests.

The report says the extra funding is in line with what the NHS had traditionally received – just under 4% extra a year.

The Conservative government’s investment in the NHS has been approximately 2% extra a year.

The report said the additional funding was needed to help cope with the ageing population, advances in technology and inflation.

It also noted that the NHS was struggling to hit key targets, such as the four-hour waiting time for accident and emergency treatment.

The report said it would mean the NHS budget would grow to £173bn by 2030 to get back on track – and this would require significant improvements in productivity.

If this increase in efficiency is not achieved, the bill would top £200bn.

Furthermore, an additional £10bn is needed for social care.

The figures follow Prime Minister Theresa May saying the government planned to devise a long-term funding plan for the health service.

Darzi said: “While the prospect of a long-term funding settlement is welcome, it is vital that it delivers enough money to meet the demands of the decade ahead.”

Lord Darzi’s report has been supported by both Tory and Lib Dem politicians.

It comes 10 years after Darzi produced an influential report for the Labour government of the time.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: “We urgently need politicians to set out a future plan of sustained and increased levels of funding for the NHS that helps doctors and other healthcare staff to provide high quality care that patients need. The government’s approach of cash top-ups and short-term fixes will no longer do.

“The PM recently pledged to draw up a long-term funding plan for the NHS but, with funding lagging behind that of other comparable European countries, we need the government to provide concrete details and ensure that resources are made available urgently.”

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