THE NHS will get another £6.6billion this year to cover the massive Covid costs it faces, Matt Hancock revealed yesterday.
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Matt Hancock revealed the NHS will get another £6.6billion this year to cover the massive Covid costs it faces[/caption]
It will also be used to clear the spiralling backlog of operations which were delayed as hospitals battled coronavirus.
He told the House of Commons: “This money is in addition to the 3 billion committed at the spending review last November to help the NHS meet the additional costs of Covid while critically starting to work on the elective recovery ahead.”
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A staggering 4.6 million people are stuck on NHS waiting lists, he warned.
Of these, some 304,000 have been waiting over a year – up from just 1,600 before Covid struck Britain.
Experts have warned it could take years to clear the backlog of patients.
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