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£740m NHS boost is 'crisis cash'

A £740 million cash boost for the Department of Health has been seized on by Labour as a further sign of "crisis" in the NHS.

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) reported that the Treasury had injected £250m and allowed £490m to be transferred from the Department's capital budget into this year's revenue stream.

King's Fund policy director Richard Murray told the magazine the "exceptional" moves suggested it " was in desperate trouble" on day-to-day spending.

"It looks like they would have broken the (revenue) budget, it's the only reason," he said.

A Labour spokesman said: "This is yet more crisis cash from the Government.

"But ministers already pushed the NHS to the brink with a £3 billion reorganisation and a crisis in A&E."

A Department of Health spokesman said: "The NHS is busier than ever which is why we've given it almost £1 billion extra this year for thousands more operations, doctors, nurses and beds.

"As patients would expect we have squeezed down non frontline spending wherever possible."

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