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The health service’s long-term plan won’t work if brave staffing decisions aren’t made, says incoming head of the King’s Fund

Richard Murray, a former academic, management consultant and civil servant, is about to take on the most high-profile role among the health thinktanks: as the King's Fund's new chief executive.

Murray – who has been director of policy at the King’s Fund for the past five years – takes over the reins from Chris Ham, just a few days before the much-delayed publication of the NHS's long-term plan, which will set out how the NHS in England will spend the £20.5bn increase in its budget announced by the government in June. Although this increase will see the total NHS budget in England reach £135bn in April 2023, Murray does not think the long-term plan will be a game changer in financial terms.

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The Guardian

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