“Investment in the NHS has never been so high,” the ministry said in a statement in anticipation of the budget execution summary that will be published on 29 December, Lusa news agency reported.
Public spending until November “accelerated and grew 6%”, the ministry of health added. The response to the pandemic contributed to the increase in spending, the ministry explained.
Personnel expenses grew by 5.9%, an additional 237 million, due to “the very significant increase in the number of health professionals to respond to the pandemic”.
“This 5.9% is equivalent to 7,893 more SNS workers when compared to November 2019”, the ministry of finance said.