British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced on Sunday (24.10.2021) that he will unlock an additional 6 billion pounds (7 billion euros) to help the NHS cope with the delays accumulated during the health crisis. from the new budget.
“Millions of patients waiting for non-urgent diagnostic tests and operations will benefit from a £6 billion injection to help address NHS delays,” the Treasury statement said.
Of this amount, 2.3 billion pounds will be allocated to establish about 100 comprehensive diagnostic centers to screen for life-threatening diseases such as cancer.
In addition, 1,500 million pounds will be used to increase the capacity of beds, equipment and new surgical centers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has added to the pressure on the NHS, a free system beloved by Britons, already suffering from a backlog and a chronic shortage of staff and beds in the hospital.
In September, the government announced an infusion of EGP 5.4 billion to help this public service “manage the immediate pressures” of the health crisis. (afp)
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