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NHS England boss: £3.8bn will relieve 'huge pressures'

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has welcomed the £3.8bn investment saying it would help relieve the "huge pressures" on the health service.

He said the NHS had made the case for more funding for frontline services but added that a debate was needed in future around prevention, such as obesity in children which threatened their long-term health, and social care services.

Osborne to set out social care plans in Autumn Speech

Chancellor George Osborne has said he will set out his plans for social care services and the NHS in his Autumn Speech on Wednesday.

It comes as Mr Osborne announced he was fast-tracking £3.8bn of funding to NHS frontline services.

Health experts have welcomed the cash injection but raised concerns some of the money may come at the expense of services that support the NHS such as social care.

Mr Osborne has admitted that savings will need to be made elsewhere in Government to pay for the NHS funding.


Without junior doctors 'the NHS would collapse'

A senior consultant has suggested hospital departments may struggle to cope without junior doctors stating that without them "the NHS would collapse".

Speaking today as it was announced his colleagues had voted in favour of strike action Mr Hani Shuheibar, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Lancashire teaching hospitals, described junior doctors as the "backbone of the NHS" and crucial to workflow within departments.

Without the junior doctors this department would collapse, the NHS would collapse.

There's no question about it they are the backbone of the NHS.

– Hani Shuheibar

Hunt: Vote for strike action 'very disappointing'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described the vote for strike actionas "very, very disappointing news".

Mr Hunt said contingency plans would be put in place "to make sure patients are safe".

We want to be able to promise NHS patients they will get the same high quality care every day of the week. Study after study has shown our mortality rates at weekends are too high.

We put forward a very fair offer for junior doctors which will see pay go up for three quarters of junior doctors. We wanted to talk about this to them but in the end they've chosen to strike so we will now have to put in place contingency plans to make sure patients are safe over a very busy period for the NHS.

– Jeremy Hunt

A junior doctor has told ITV News he doesn't want to strike but will because he feels the future of the NHS depends on it.

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