Britain’s Hunt announces £8 billion package for health and social care

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Britain’s finance minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday the country’s health and social care system would receive an 8 billion pound package within two years, which he said health chiefs had indicated would help fulfill key priorities.

Hunt said he would increase the government-run National Health Service budget by an extra 3.3 billion pounds in each of the next two years.

“The chief executive of the NHS, Amanda Pritchard, said it must provide sufficient funding for the NHS to deliver its key priorities,” Hunt said.

Hunt said there would be an increase in funding available for the social care sector of up to £2.8bn next year and £4.7bn the year after.

Reporting by David Milliken and Alistair Smout; editing by Michael Holden

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