Strengthening our NHS
We’re supporting our NHS to give people the care they need now and making sure it’s there for our children and grandchildren.
The Conservatives have been running our NHS for 44 of its 71 years, and fundamentally believe it’s there for everyone in the country to rely on free at the point of use.
By keeping our economy strong, we’ve been able to support our NHS since 2010. But because of the Brexit deadlock it recently hasn’t had the attention it deserves.
That’s why we need to get Brexit done and get on with bringing the change people voted for. Including giving the NHS its biggest cash boost in history, and making sure this funding gets to your local hospital and GPs.
Taking action on this issue
£33.9 billion more for the NHS
We’re making sure the NHS has the resources it needs so that it can provide everyone with the best possible care.
The NHS budget will go up by £33.9 billion by 2023-24. That’s the biggest cash boost in its history.
And we’re making sure that money is already getting to the frontline with £6.2 billion more this year.
Upgrading 20 hospitals and building 40 new ones
On top of more money for the NHS every year, we’re investing in hospitals so that our brilliant doctors and nurses have the facilities they need to give patients the best possible care.
We’re providing £850 million for 20 hospital upgrades, £2.7 billion for the first six new hospitals, and seed funding so that work on 34 more can make progress.
And 78 hospital trusts will receive state-of-the-art MRI, CT and mammography screening machines, so cancer can be detected more quickly to boost survival rates.
Making sure the NHS has the staff it needs
Under the Conservatives, there are over 21,000 more doctors and almost 17,000 more nurses on our wards.
Over 1 million NHS staff – nurses, midwives and cleaners – are getting a well-deserved pay rise of at least 6.5% per cent and doctors will also see their pay increase.
We’re also opening five new medical schools to make sure we can plan for the future with confidence as we train the next generation of NHS staff here at home.
Investing in the people at the heart of our NHS
50,000 more nurses, with students receiving a £5,000-£8,000 annual maintenance grant every year during their course to help with their cost of living – and they won’t have to pay it back.
Everyone will receive at least £5,000 with further funding in regions or disciplines that are struggling to recruit – such as mental health – and help with their childcare costs.
We will improve staff morale with more funding for professional training and more supportive hospital management.
6,000 more doctors in general practice and 6,000 more primary care professionals, such as physiotherapists and pharmacists. This is on top of the 7,500 extra nurse associates and 20,000 primary care professionals that we have already announced.
50 million extra GP surgery appointments
Our new funding will deliver 50 million extra general practice appointments a year, an increase of over 15 per cent. That means that if you need an appointment, waiting times will be shorter and you’ll get the service you deserve.
The NHS Visa
Our NHS People Plan will ensure that we train and employ tens of thousands more NHS professionals here in the UK. But we also want to make sure that those from overseas who want to work in and support our NHS are encouraged to do so.
That is why overseas qualified doctors, nurses and allied health professionals with a job offer from the NHS, who have been trained to a recognised standard, and who have good working English, will be offered fast-track entry, reduced visa fees and dedicated support to come to the UK with their families.