- Officials agree funding envelope of roughly £14bn for the year
- Expected PPE spend equivalent to UK gambling and defence export industries
- Government has previously faced criticism over PPE supplies
The Treasury is preparing for spending on personal protective equipment for the health system to hit up to £14bn this financial year, HSJ understands — representing more than 10 per cent of the pre-covid NHS budget.
The revelation — an estimate of what has been spent since April and will be spent up to the end of March 2021 — underlines the huge hit to government budgets, and comes as the Treasury negotiates with the NHS over what funding it will get for the next phase of the coronavirus response.
The financial envelope, which has been confirmed by senior sources, has been calculated based on the average price per item and the number of pieces the Department of Health and Social Care has said is necessary. The DHSC declined to confirm the value of the envelope, citing “commercial sensitivity”.
Another senior source said national spend so far on PPE, since the beginning of the outbreak, had hit around £6.5bn.
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Date: 2 July 2020