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Readers’ panel: Will the government’s funding rise put the NHS on a secure footing?

Nursing Standard readers have their say on the planned £20.5 billion-a-year boost

Prime minister Theresa May recently announced plans for £20.5 billion a year extra in funding for the NHS, with the money coming from increased taxation, economic growth and a ‘Brexit dividend’. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Rachel Kent is a mental health nurse in London

A lack of funding is not and has never been the sole problem facing the NHS. This increase in funds, while welcome, is being used to keep afloat a system that is haemorrhaging money because it needs modernising. Ideally, some of the money would be used to bring about change; funding innovation and quality improvement projects will mean the health service can make great strides forward, rather than merely filling gaps that have grown bigger through years of neglect.

Ewout van Sabben is a third-year children’s nursing student in London @Ewout1985

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