Budget: chancellor hints at looser purse strings for NHS and broadband

Rishi Sunak’s first budget on Wednesday is expected to offer measures to counter effects of coronavirus

Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, is expected to ease constraints on spending and borrowing in this week’s budget, as he sets out plans to help the economy withstand the impact of coronavirus.

Presenting his first budget on Wednesday, the new chancellor will make announcements including the confirmation of £5bn investment in faster broadband across the country — a policy from the Conservative manifesto.

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Hancock tries to reassure UK public as GPs warn of coronavirus crisis

Health secretary says the government will do ‘everything in its power’ to delay and mitigate threat

The health secretary has insisted the government will do “everything in its power” to delay and mitigate the coronavirus threat, as GPs have warned hospitals will have to cut back on work not related to coronavirus in order to tackle an outbreak.

Matt Hancock said ministers would do “all we can” to contain the Covid-19 outbreak as he set out plans contained in emergency legislation to deal with the impact of the virus.

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Rishi Sunak: NHS will get whatever it needs to deal with coronavirus

Chancellor indicates he is willing to write blank cheque to cope with a pandemic

The Treasury will give the NHS “whatever it needs” to tackle the Coronavirus crisis, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has said.

Before this week’s budget, Sunak did not say how much in additional resources the NHS would get, but indicated the government was potentially willing to write a blank cheque to help the health service cope with a pandemic.

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Emergency law would safeguard jobs of NHS volunteers as virus crisis deepens

Proposals include four-week job guarantee, banning over-70s from big gatherings and stadium closures in battle against Covid-19

A range of drastic new measures, including emergency legislation allowing people to switch jobs and volunteer to work in the NHS or care homes, are being drawn up by ministers in an attempt to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

The measures – which also include plans for courts to use telephone and video links to avoid people having to attend in person – are likely to be included in a special Covid-19 emergency bill, as the government prepares to move to the next phase – delay – of its response to the spread of the virus.

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Coronavirus UK: NHS England to give GP surgeries protective equipment

All practices in England to be issued with kit to help protect staff from virus

NHS England has confirmed it will provide GP surgeries with personal protective equipment (PPE) to help them deal with the coronavirus outbreak, following complaints from ill-equipped doctors.

In a letter sent to all 7,000 English GP surgeries on Thursday, NHS England made clear they are giving every surgery a full supply of PPE gear, which will help keep staff who come into contact with suspected coronavirus cases safe and help to minimise the spread of the virus.

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GPs told to switch to digital consultations to combat Covid-19

Millions of patients in England could see GP appointments replaced with phone or video contact

Tell us: have you been affected by the coronavirus?

Millions of patients will have face-to-face appointments with their GP replaced by telephone or video consultations under NHS plans to respond to the threat posed by the coronavirus.

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