The British government has announced an additional 5.4 billion in aid to the UK health system to “manage the immediate effects of the pandemic”, including delays in treatments that have accumulated due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The NHS, the British health system, “will receive an additional,4 5.4 billion to support its response to Covid-19 over the next six months and manage waiting lists” in hospitals, according to a joint statement. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Minister Sajid Javid.
The latest funding boosts total government funding for Covid-19 to 34 billion this year, up from 63 billion last year, according to the announcement, which also highlights the NHS budget for out-of-treatment treatment. Covid also rose from 130 billion to 136 billion.
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased pressure on the NHS, a free health care system.
The announcement comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Risi Sunak may announce in the coming days, according to the British press, an agreement to fund 10 billion for social protection programs in the country by increasing social contributions to companies.