The British government on Monday announced an additional 5.4 billion pounds (6.3 billion euros) to help the British public health service to “manage the immediate pressures of the pandemic”, including the backlog of accumulated care because of the Covid-19 epidemic.
34 billion for the management of Covid-19 this year
The NHS, the British health system, “will receive an additional 5.4 billion pounds to support its response to Covid-19 over the next six months and fight against waiting lists” at the hospital, according to a statement from the Premier Minister Boris Johnson and Minister of Health Sajid Javid.
“We will continue to ensure that the NHS has what it needs to overcome the delays in Covid-related care and help health services better recover from the worst pandemic in a century,” assured the Prime Minister , cited in the press release.
This brings the government’s total investment in health services for Covid-19 to £ 34 billion this year, after £ 63 billion last year, the statement said, adding that the NHS ‘non-Covid budget is also increased from 130 to 136 billion pounds.
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the pressure on the NHS, a free system to which the British worship, which previously experienced delays and a chronic lack of staff and hospital beds.
The announcement comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Finance Minister Rishi Sunak could announce in the coming days, according to the British press, an agreement on funding of 10 billion pounds dedicated to social protection in the country by an increase social contributions on companies.