Budget 2017: Philip Hammond accused of back-door NHS privatisation by funding ‘shady’ reform plans

The budget confirmed that the 44 STP’s are to get a further cash injection of £325 million to support their work.  However, the workforce remain disenchanted to hear that any pay increase will be based only of pay review body recommendations.

Perhaps we should not forget that we only have STP’s because every CCG in England has a significant financial deficit (collectively in excess £4 billion at the end of 2016) and when you then start to add this to secondary care and social care finances, the extent of the problem begins to demonstrate the insignificance of this level of funding.

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