4:10 PM Two new jobs have been announced by the NHS and the Treasury to help fund hospitals in England.
The Department of Health said the number of nurses who are working in NHS hospitals will increase from 10,000 in 2018 to 16,000 by 2021.
In addition, the Treasury has committed to pay £400m in NHS funding to the private sector to support innovation in care.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said that over the next five years it will deliver £1.5bn in funding to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of NHS hospitals.
It is also committed to investing £50m in the National Health Service’s strategic plan, which will provide the NHS with a clear roadmap to deliver the NHS’s long-term financial health and deliver the UK’s NHS infrastructure for the future.
There is also a £250m package to provide a “robust” new investment plan to the NHS in England, with more than £400 million allocated over the five years to ensure the NHS is ready for the challenges of the future and the challenges ahead.
The National Health service is the health service for the whole of the UK and provides health and social care for people across the country, with a specific focus on the most vulnerable in society.
Its £1 trillion budget is the largest in the UK, covering everything from health, to the environment and social protection.