Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned that a lack of funding is holding back the NHS in the run up to Christmas, as he revealed plans for a £10bn infusion of money.
The Government will spend £10billion on NHS care at Christmas, according to Mr Hunt.
It comes as the Government unveiled plans to invest in the NHS to save it money.
Health Minister Nick Boles said the money would be used to fund treatments for patients who need extra help with their conditions, while the Government is also looking at ways to improve access to mental health services.
Mr Hunt said the Government would be putting up £10 billion in a year’s time to help pay for its plans to make the NHS a “healthier place”.
The announcement comes after the Government was accused of “scraping” billions of pounds out of the NHS budget by slashing mental health spending.
However, Mr Hunt said it was important that patients had the “right and opportunity” to access care in the long term, and stressed that mental health issues would not be addressed by short-term cuts.
“Our focus is on ensuring that people are well cared for,” Mr Hunt told Sky News.
He added that the Government wanted to “build a healthy, vibrant and sustainable NHS” and would make sure that it was funded.
More to come.