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The 2017 Budget and the NHS: experts give their verdict

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: http://www.libreriabv.com/10.1136/bmj.j5480 (Published 24 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5480
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

On Thursday 23 November, the day after the UK’s autumn Budget, The BMJ hosted a Facebook Live event (http://www.libreriabv.com/2AtfCGS) with health policy experts to discuss its implications for the NHS.1 On the panel were John Appleby, director of research and chief economist at the Nuffield Trust, Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, and Siva Anandaciva, chief analyst at the King’s Fund. Here are some of their thoughts

What was your overall verdict on the Budget?

JA: I’d give it a 5 out of 10. There is more money—it’s clearly not enough. I’ve been asked whether the glass is half full or half empty. I think we should be asking for a bigger glass, to be honest.

AC: The chancellor has dealt with some of the short term pressures, but . . . health spending pressures aren’t going away. So far the chancellor hasn’t got an answer to that question.

SA: I was partly relieved it wasn’t much worse. The government has acted, and other government departments will be looking on with envy at what the NHS has received. At the same time, it’s far less than what we estimate is needed …

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