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Prime Minister reveals £20bn a year boost for NHS

Prime Minister reveals £20bn a year boost for NHS”

Announcing the funding boost, Mrs May said: "We can not continue to put a sticking plaster on the NHS budget each year".

She also signalled that the NHS faces a fresh shake-up with ministers preparing to ditch David Cameron's controversial health reforms in a drive against waste and bureaucracy.

'The fact that we're no longer sending vast amount of money to the European Union once we leave the European Union and we as a country will be contributing a bit more'.

Labour, which said it would match the Tory funding proposals if in power, called on Mrs May to set out details of how her plan would be paid for.

Dr Gerada told HuffPost that May had "attempted to appease" Brexiteers by "talking about a fictitious source of funds", adding: "There is no Brexit dividend and it is disappointing that what should be good news, namely additional NHS funding, has been clouded by citing a non-existent funding source". Because the scale of our ambition for our NHS is greater still.

She acknowledged that the public would have to pay "a bit more in a fair and balanced way to support the NHS we all use", but would not be drawn on how the cash would be raised.

"In addition, we know, because the Government has accepted this, that the public finances will be worse as a result of the Brexit vote". Well the PM told her former adviser it would come from a combination of a "Brexit dividend", so that the United Kingdom can "take advantage" of the fact that "we've got money we're no longer sending to the European Union".

"Why are we not doing it now?"

"I believe the best days for our NHS are ahead of it - this financial commitment by the Conservatives will let our health care professionals work to build a stronger, safer and better NHS for all of us".

The concept of a "Brexit dividend" has been widely criticised, with health and social care select committee chair and former GP Sarah Wollaston calling it "tosh".

But she warned that Mrs May's promise to fund the rise through a "Brexit dividend" was "simply not credible".

"Sad to see government slide to populist arguments rather than evidence on such an important issue. This will make it harder to have a rational debate about the "who & how" of funding & sharing this fairly".

However speaking to the Today programme this morning, Hunt admitted the Brexit dividend "alone won't be anything like enough".

"There is literally, arithmetically, no money", Johnson said.

"They say that they're going to increase taxes, but we've yet to hear who is going to get their taxes increased and how". The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank highlighted government analysis showing public finances would weaken by 15 billion pounds per year after Brexit, and paying Britain's European Union divorce bill would eat up any savings initially.

The idea of a "Brexit dividend" is also contested.

She will hope they are wrong when the time comes for the chancellor to tell us how much taxes will rise to fund it.

In comparison, he said Labour's "absolutely necessary" investment in the NHS under his leadership was funded by clear reforms to national insurance.

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said: "Just like Jeremy Hunt's NHS pay offer, a closer look reveals more health service sleight of hand from the Government after years of neglect".



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