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NHS to get extra £384 million per week after Brexit Government says

NHS to get extra £384 million per week after Brexit Government says”

Recalling the Leave campaign pledge for £350m extra funding every week for the NHS during the EU referendum campaign, Theresa May told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that it would be funded partly "through the Brexit dividend, the fact that we're no longer sending vast amounts of money every year to EU when we leave the EU, and we as a country will be contributing a bit more".

"As we approach the 70th anniversary of the NHS, effective innovation and change is needed as well as more money".

Five key questions about the Prime Minister's NHS funding announcement answered.

On Sunday Mrs May promised that, by 2023, an extra £20bn a year will be available for the health service in England on top of any rises to keep up with inflation.

The Health Foundation think tank has said that this money will "help stem further decline in the health service, but it's simply not enough to address the fundamental challenges facing the NHS, or fund essential improvements to services that are flagging".

Paul Johnson, the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), has said that although payments to the European Union will fall following Brexit, revenues generated through taxes will be reduced even more.

"This must be a plan that ensures every penny is well spent".

And Mrs May has so far refused to be drawn on whether stealth taxes, such as delaying rises in income tax thresholds, and higher borrowing will fund the planned raising of the health budget by £20 billion a year in real terms by 2024.

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That's a faster increase than in recent years, . To deliver, this plan must be about more than money.

Only 7% said it was "very honest", while 25% said it was "fairly honest".

So there isn't a dividend in two senses; first over this period, if you look at the arrangement we've come to with the European Union in terms of paying our exit bill, and you add to that the commitment the government already made to keep funding farmers and so on, there is literally arithmetically no money, and in addition we know, because the Governments accepted this, that the public finances will be worse as a result of the Brexit vote.

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

"While it is up to the devolved administrations to spend the money as they see fit, I believe everyone in the United Kingdom should benefit from this extra funding for the NHS".

"The Tory claim that the NHS can be funded by a Brexit dividend is simply not credible as the United Kingdom will be paying £40 billion to leave the EU", Ms Robison told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland.

The prime minister has been urged to admit where extra money for the NHS is really going to come from. "I just don't see why they are doing it; certainly to my mind the figures don't stack up". But health professionals have argued that the scale of the crisis is much wider and includes other frontline services, particularly in social care.

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