Government announces £20bn increase to NHS funding

Government announces £20bn increase to NHS funding

Government announces £20bn increase to NHS funding

The prime minister is facing a backlash for linking her NHS cash boost with the Vote Leave pledge during the referendum campaign to spend Britain's European Union contributions on the health service instead.

He added: "If they've [the government] got a good case to make on NHS reform, then make it, but why pull in all this divisive stuff?"

Jeremy Hunt, the health minister, who also campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union, was quoted by the Sunday Telegraph as saying that the new pledge "can now unite us all".

That claim has been dismissed as "tosh" by Tory Health Select Committee chair Dr Sarah Wollaston, while former minister Dr Phillip Lee said "there is no evidence yet that there will be a "Brexit dividend" - so it's tax rises, more borrowing or both".

"And the invitation to the NHS to develop consensus proposals for legislation will help accelerate the move to more integrated care, and ensure taxpayers' money is spent to maximum benefit".

Mrs May said the money, which would not be used for social care, would amount to an increase of 3.4pc, and said the country would also have to "contribute a bit more" to health service funding.

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Prime Minister Theresa May has claimed a "Brexit dividend" will be one of the ways the United Kingdom will pay for flushing more money into the NHS over the next seven years.

Like no other organisation could ever hope to be, the NHS is there for every family at the best and worst of times, from the wonder of birth to the devastation of death, living and breathing those very British values of decency, fairness and compassion.

Of the increased investment, Mrs May is set to say: "The NHS will be growing significantly faster than the economy as a whole, reflecting the fact that the NHS is this Government's number one spending priority".

Much has been made already as to Theresa May's preposterous repetition that the extra money would derive from the "Brexit dividend" as well as from unspecified new taxes.

For services to be "improved" it said that the spending increase would need to be at least 4% a year.

"But the commitment I am making goes beyond that Brexit dividend because the scale of our ambition for our NHS is greater still".

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The head of NHS England has welcomed the funding deal - but other NHS leaders and healthcare experts were unconvinced it would be enough.

The government hasn't confirmed how the budget increase is to be funded, but speaking to BBC Breakfast, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said more information would be announced in the budget.

Mr Hunt dismissed findings from the Office for Budget Responsibility and Institute for Fiscal Studies that said there would be a net cost, not a dividend, from Brexit.

"So we have to see the detail and see where this money is going to come from we have to see that it is going to be real money". "I just don't see why they are doing it; certainly to my mind the figures don't stack up".

The report he referenced called for a rise of 3.5% and said that £10bn was needed simultaneously for social care by 2030.

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