The head of the Royal College of Nursing (RNC) has said that the Budget is a mixed picture, although he said that the impact of nurses would be largely negative.
This budget paints a mixed picture for the health of the nation. On the one hand we welcome measures including a rise in tax on cigarettes. However, the government has indicated that it plans to make dramatic cuts to welfare payments. We know that when people fall on hard times demand for healthcare rises. With the NHS in England struggling to save £20billion and amidst a time of massive restructuring, now is the time to investin our health service.
The Chancellor has jumped to defend a Budget that appears to target pensioners and, according to the IFS, may not be as neutral as claimed.
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