Wednesday 3 March 2021 / 4:45 PM Budget / Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Chancellor buries £30bn cut to Department of Health and Social Care budgets

The Chancellor promised to be “open and honest” with the British public, but buried in budget documents is a planned cut in day to day spending in the Department of Health and Social Care of £30.1 billion from April this year. The Budget also contained no additional funding for social care or public health.

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“Rishi Sunak promised to be ‘open and honest’ with the British public. But buried in the small print of his Budget is a cut to frontline NHS services that will increase pressure on staff and do nothing for patients stuck on growing waiting lists.

“This Budget papered over the cracks rather than rebuilding the foundations of our country.”