As per experts, a mere real term increase of 0.1% in spending attained by the National Health Service is much less than as compared to previous years and it is the minimum amount what ministers could part with.
“The money is the bare minimum to meet the coalition's pledge. It is the width of the proverbial cigarette paper", said John Appleby, Chief Economist at the King's Fund health think-tank.
Over the next four years, the funding will surge to £114bn, with an increase of £10bn, which is just 0.1% gain in real terms. On the other hand, in previous years, the health spending has enhanced more than 4% in real terms.
The plans such as increasing free prescription claims for patients with long-term conditions, one-to-one nursing for cancer patients and less waiting time for cancer test results promised by previous Labour Government are facing cut by the Coalition Government.
As per sources, the size of a £200m-a-year fund for cancer drugs announced by the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley before election would be based on the demand.
Labour is criticizing the Coalition Government for not adhering to its words on cancer care that was the voter’s basic concern.
As per the economists, there is a need of 3% rise in the spending citing the changing population pattern and lifestyle. Also, a little rise in the spending would also decline spending on investments by 17%.