Published: 11/4/2002, Volume II2, No. 5800 Page 7

With less than a week until chancellor Gordon Brown stands up in the Commons, the health service is growing more and more confident that it will have something to celebrate next Wednesday.

Tax rises have been widely predicted - but several economists have pointed out that the surpluses stored by the government could themselves offer a significant boost to the NHS.

Social care and primary care are feeling particularly expectant.

For up-to-the-moment coverage and analysis, turn to www. hsj. co. uk/budget next Wednesday.A rolling news service will be available moments after the chancellor sits down - and it will continue to be updated, with insight from experts, including King's Fund health systems programme director John Appleby and chief executive of the NHS Confederation Dr Gill Morgan.An eight-page pull-out supplement will be published in HSJ's 25 April issue.