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Budget Day - NHS Funding, Mental Health, and Future Reciprocal Healthcare Arrangements

Budget Day - NHS Funding, Mental Health, and Future Reciprocal Healthcare Arrangements

29th October 2018

Today is Budget Day.

Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed an extra £20.5 billion for the NHS in the next five years and announced a minimum of £2 billion in real terms extra for mental health services. Other key points are well summarized by the BBC: ''A new mental health crisis centre, £700m for councils for care for the elderly and those with disabilities, £10m for air ambulances.'' 

We will now be closely watching the several sessions this week that Parliament will spend debating the budget and what evidence will be given by experts to the Treasury Committee in its post-Budget 2018 oral evidence session this Wednesday and Thursday. One of the experts giving evidence is also Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. We will hear more from Mr Johnson at our next APHG event on 'The Autumn Budget and NHS Spending: In conversation with Paul Johnson and chaired by Peter Dowd MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury' on Tuesday 27th November 2018. For more details, please email

To briefly highlight what happened last week as well, Secretary of State of Health and Social Care Matt Hancock spend his morning answering health questions from MPs. Please see a full list of questions asked as part of our parliamentary monitoring overview below. Also, on that same Tuesday Mr Hancock gave evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee on the Impact of a no deal Brexit on health and social care. for those who missed it - read here the full transcript of the session. 

Finally, on Friday there was more Brexit-related news as Government proposed a new law to safeguard UK citizens' healthcare abroad after the UK exits the EU. If you would like to know the details, read the brief written statement by Minister for Health, Stephen Barclay here on Hansard.

Have a great week,

Best regards,

Emelie de WagtAPHG and Health Policy Manager, Policy Connect020 72028580