NHS England to Receive Additional £5.4 Billion Funds to Support Its COVID-19 Response

The National Health Service (NHS) in England will receive an additional £5.4 billion ($7.5 billion) over the next six months to support its COVID-19 response, the government of the United Kingdom announced on Sept. 6.

The government said that the additional funding includes a further £1 billion ($1.4 billion) to help tackle the COVID-19 backlog and £2.8 billion ($3.9 billion) to cover related costs, including infection control measures.

The funding also includes £478 million ($662 million) for enhanced hospital discharge to free up beds, £600 million ($831 million) for daily costs, and £1.5 billion ($2 billion) for elective recovery, which includes £500 million ($6.9 million) capital funding.

“This funding will go straight to the frontline, to provide more patients with the treatments they need but aren’t getting quickly enough,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.

According to the government, the additional funding brings the total COVID-19 support for health services to over £34 billion ($47 billion) for this year alone.

The government also warned that although the additional funding will help reduce the waiting list for routine operations and treatments, such as eye cataract surgery and hip replacements, the number could still rise before they improve “as more people who didn’t seek care over the pandemic come forward.”

“We know waiting lists will get worse before they get better as people come forward for help, and I want to reassure you the NHS is open, and we are doing what we can to support the NHS to deliver routine operations and treatment to patients across the country,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid said.

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