Some figures I heard at a conference last week.
NHS costs are growing an an annual rate of about 6%, largely due to several years of generous wage settlements and increasingly pricey drugs.
This hasn’t been that big a problem because, for most of the last decade, NHS funding has been growing at a rate of about 8%. From next year, though, we’re going to see that figure cut to closer to 3%.
So costs are going to increase roughly twice as fast as income will. And deficits, you recall, are already looking likely to hit Ã‚Â£1bn for the second year running.
You might want to make sure you get enough vitamins this winter, that’s all I’m saying.