Britain plans $8.1 billion package to boost health services capacity

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s finance minister said on Sunday that the budget to be presented by Minister Rishi Sunak this week will include additional spending of 5.9 billion pounds ($8.1 billion) on health services over the next few years to reduce waiting lists.

The ministry said the amount was on top of an eight billion pound package announced in September in the face of waiting lists caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It includes £2.3 billion for testing services, £2.1 billion to improve technology that underpins the health service and £1.5 billion to increase bed capacity.

The government had said on Saturday that the budget would include five billion pounds to fund health research and three billion pounds for education.

(1 dollar = 0.7272 pounds sterling).

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