RISHI: I'LL CLEAR NHS COVID BACKLOG FOR MILLIONS
Daily Express|October 25, 2021
‘As we bounce back, it is vital we cut waiting lists’
Macer Hall

EXTRA £6BN BUDGET BOOST

RISHI Sunak is pledging an extra £6billion to rush forward NHS treatment for millions of patients.

In his Budget, the Chancellor will direct a “significant investment” to wipe out the tests and scans backlog left by Covid.

At least 100 community diagnostic centres will slash waiting times for clinical tests including MRIs, ultrasounds and CT scans.

His package will also include more than £2billion for digital technology to allow healthcare staff to focus on patient care.

The flagship measures will be at the heart of a Budget and Spending Review on Wednesday focused on building a “strong economy”.

Billions will be spent on public services and infrastructure despite the intense pressure on the public finances left by the pandemic.

And the Chancellor told the Daily Express last night it will mean most of the backlog will be cleared by the next election, expected in 2023 or 2024.

He said: “The NHS has delivered truly world-class care through the last 18 months and I applaud the heroic health care professionals who have been at the forefront of the crisis.

“As we bounce back from the pandemic it’s vital we cut waiting lists and ensure those who need help and treatment get it as soon as possible.

“This significant investment will be a major boost for millions of people waiting for checks and treatment as a result of the pandemic – and is expected to help clear most backlogs for diagnostic tests and scans by the end of the parliament.

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