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Autumn Statement challenges GPs over appointment access

Chancellor calls for same-day appointments for urgent cases

November 18th 2022

Tagged: political news England

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Thought-leaders have described the £3.3 billion Autumn Statement cash injection into the NHS as “only around half of what [is] needed”.

Yesterday’s Autumn Statement challenges England’s GPs to reduce appointment waiting lists to within two weeks, with same-day urgent appointments.

There was also a pledge explore further options to use private services at NHS standards and NHS prices at both the point of GP referral and later in the pathway.

Workers on the minimum wage can also expect average 10 per cent wage increases, from April 1, 2023. The increases are as follows:

  •  National Living Wage for individuals aged 23 and over: + 9.7 per cent to £10.42/hour
  • National Minimum Wage for 21–22-year-olds: +10.9 per cent to £10.18/hour
  • NMW for 18–20-year-olds: + 9.7 per cent to £7.49/hour
  • NMW for 16–17-year-olds: +9.7 per cent to £5.28/hour
  • Apprentice rate: +9.7 per cent to £5.28 an hour

In its response to the statement, The Nuffield Trust said that the NHS funding does not account for the £2.5 billion worth of inflation and other unexpected cost pressures the NHS has faced this current financial year.

“The impact of today’s funding announcement is that real terms health spending per head after adjusting for age will increase by less than 1 per cent for the next two years. This is compared to the long-term average of 2.6 per cent and comes at a time when the NHS cannot afford to stand still and is desperately trying to increase the work it can do to clear record waiting times.”