The Health Secretary announced nearly £6 billion of capital investment over three years including £2.3 billion to transform diagnostic services and £2.1 billion to improve digital systems in hospitals and mental health centres.
Mr Javid told Times Radio on Monday: “In the last year, I’m pleased that we’ve seen I think 3,000 more doctors, 9,000 more nurses, but we do need a lot more.”
He stressed this was being addressed by the £12 billion-a-year boost for the NHS and social care, being paid for mainly by the 1.25 percentage point rise in National Insurance contributions.
However, many hospitals and surgeries are struggling to recruit staff, partly due to fewer EU workers after Brexit.
Richard Murray, head of health think tank The King’s Fund, told BBC Radio 4: “It’s odd that as we look towards the future this one great big keystone — how we’re going to handle NHS workforces and health and social care staffing — is still the missing piece.”
Currently, some 5.7 million people are on NHS waiting lists and this could rise to seven million. Mr Javid said it is “impossible to know” whether the NHS backlog will be cleared within three years despite the extra spending.
He also said he is “leaning towards” making Covid jabs compulsory for staff in England, with around 100,000 NHS workers not fully vaccinated.
The public sector pay freeze was expected to end and the national minimum and living wages to rise.
An extra £1.5 billion to boost a fund for transport infrastructure outside London to £7 billion as part of the Government’s “levelling up” agenda.
£2 billion to help councils build homes on brownfield sites.
£3 billion for the drive to create “a high wage, high skill economy”.
£2.6 billion to create up to 30,000 more schools place for children with special educational needs.
But Chancellor Rishi Sunak faces a number of challenges, not least a warning from the Bank of England’s new chief economist that inflation could rise above five per cent.