NHS funding - (Updated) June 2018

As a Government that fully in the NHS and its values, we are committed to a tax-funded NHS, free at the point of use, wherever and whenever you need it. As Ministers plan a new relationship with the EU, they will continue to ensure that the NHS is given the priority it deserves. 
 
Despite tight public finances, the Government has actively supported the NHS's own plan for the future. That is why it is increasing NHS spending by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over the next five years. This will ensure that by the end of this Parliament, everyone will be able to access GP services at evenings and weekends.
 
Between 2017 and 2020, the Government will provide the NHS with an additional £2.8 billion resource funding. Last winter, the NHS received £335 million to manage seasonal pressures. £1.6 billion will be invested in 2018-19, and in 2019-20, £900 million will be provided to help address future issues. Furthermore, the Government is currently offering local councils an additional £2 billion to help them fund adult social care services in a time of great pressure. 
 
The Chancellor also introduced an additional programme of capital investment, further to the £425 million committed in 2017. This investment will be worth £3.5 billion, and will help NHS organisations improve local infrastructure, and significantly increase NHS efficiency.
 
On top of this, to secure the best value for taxpayers, new financial controls have been introduced to cut down on waste in the NHS, including introducing caps for agency staff and management consultants, and introducing central procurement rules.The limits on agency spending have saved the NHS roughly £1 billion between 2014 and 2016, and the NHS believes there is still significant progress to be made.
 
Rising demand for health and social care, and an ageing population means a long term funding solution is required for the NHS; the Government is looking to establish a sustainable funding model for the NHS which will secure it for the long term, and enable it to meet the growing demand expected in coming decades.