NHS in talks with government over covid cash amid multibillion ‘overspend’

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  • NHS England says it is still in discussions with the government over additional funding
  • This is despite the government announcing £3bn of additional money earlier this month
  • More details of new financial framework expected soon

NHS England says it is still in discussions with the government over additional funding for the remainder of 2020-21, despite ministers announcing a budget uplift earlier this month.

In mid-July, the government said it “has provided an additional £3bn to the NHS [including] to allow them to continue to use additional hospital capacity from the independent sector, and to maintain the Nightingale hospitals, in their current state, until the end of March”.

But a finance report published by NHS England today said: “We are currently in discussion with government regarding funding for the remainder of the financial year.”

The report also showed the NHS overspent its combined budgets by £2.6bn in the first two months of 2020-21, due to around £3bn of costs relating to coronavirus.

The Treasury has pledged to give the NHS “whatever it needs” to cope with the financial costs of the pandemic, and the paper said the overspend was “consistent with the financial underwriting agreed by the chancellor”.

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Source: HSJ
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Date: 28 July 2020