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The NHS will get extra money – chancellor

The NHS will get extra money – chancellor

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NHS services in England are to get extra money to help them deal with the growing pressures they are facing, the chancellor has announced.

He said there would be an immediate cash injection of £350m to help this winter.

That will be followed by an additional £1.6bn next year on top of the £2.1bn rise that was already planned.

It comes after NHS England boss Simon Stevens called for extra money in a speech earlier this month.

He said the public expected increased investment following claims made during the EU referendum that the NHS would benefit financially from Brexit.

But, despite the announcement, the health service is still facing the tightest sustained financial settlement in its history.

Since 2010, the health budget has been growing by just over 1% a year on average compared to 4% it has traditionally received.

Mr Hammond described the NHS as one of the country's "greatest institutions".

"We will always back it," he told MPs.

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