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£50bn needed for NHS

The NHS needs £50bn more in England by 2030, according to a former health minister and leading surgeon.

The prediction comes in a report from Lord Darzi, which has been supported by Labour and the Lib Dems.

It follows Prime Minister Theresa May revealing that the government is devising a long-term funding plan for the health service, which some expect to be unveiled during the 70th anniversary of the creation of the NHS in July.

Lord Darzi said: “While the prospect of a long-term funding settlement is welcome, it is vital that it delivers enough money to meet the demands of the decade ahead.”

The report says the budget would need to grow to £173bn by 2030 to get back on track – and adds that significant improvements in productivity would be required, or the total bill would exceed £200bn. It also recommends another £10bn for social care.

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