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UK: £13.4 billion of historic NHS debt written off

Christian Fernsby |
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that £13.4 billion of debt at NHS trusts across the country is being written off to help them deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Health Secretary said he had made £300 million available for community pharmacies and that he wanted to make sure "every part" of the health and care system is supported.

Speaking at the daily Downing Street press conference, Mr Hancock added: "Today, to help NHS trusts to deliver what's needed without worrying about past finances, I can announce that I'm writing off £13.4 billion of historic NHS debt.

"This landmark step will not only put the NHS in a stronger position to be able to respond to this global coronavirus pandemic, but it will ensure that our NHS has stronger foundations for the future too."

The Health Secretary unveiled a plan to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of the month.

He laid out his plan to expand the number of tests for NHS workers after fury over the small number of staff checked for coronavirus.

Hancock said several tests pitched to the Government have failed checks, with one missing three out of four cases of coronavirus.

He said: “Several of the tests we’re currently checking have failed. In one case a

est I’m being urged to buy missed 3 out of 4 cases of coronavirus."

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