Budget: No major announcements for the NHS

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has unveiled his budget, with no major announcements for the NHS.

Hunt claimed that this was a budget for growth and that long-term, sustainable and healthy growth pays for the NHS.

The budget included plans to make the UK a more exciting place to invest and speed up access for NHS patients to get new drugs.

On NHS pensions, the budget includes changes that will stop over 80 per cent of NHS doctors from receiving a tax charge. Pensions annual tax-free allowance will increase from £40,000 to £60,000 and the Lifetime Allowance will be abolished.

Hunt also said that the NHS workforce plan that was promised in the Autumn Statement will be published shortly.

Hunt also claimed that: "High inflation is the root cause of the strikes we have seen in recent months."

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