Shadow Health Secretary: NHS Cash Boost "Not Enough Money"

Shadow Health Secretary: NHS Cash Boost

Shadow Health Secretary: NHS Cash Boost "Not Enough Money"

The National Health Service is to receive an extra £20 billion ($26.5bn) a year by 2023 as a 70th "birthday present", Theresa May has claimed.

The Prime Minister has said that more details will be announced in due course and before the next spending review.

"As we leave the European Union and stop paying significant annual subscriptions to Brussels, we will have more money to spend on priorities like the NHS", May said in a post on her Facebook account.

Speaking in the Commons following the PM's speech, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said a "putting the economy back on its feet dividend" would help fund the boost for the NHS, alongside a so-called "Brexit dividend".

It is expected that taxes will be increased to create the extra revenue and, in real terms, will be closer to 3% rather than the asked-for 4% called for by Stevens.

The NHS has been struggling to cope with funding shortages in recent years, particularly during the flu-ridden winter months.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: "The money announced today by the Prime Minister is not enough to save our NHS after eight years of Conservative austerity". "By the end of the meeting, some sources of funding had been more heavily pencilled in than others", a ministerial source said.

Other suggestions for where the money might come from include changes to taxation-either freezing tax thresholds or increasing taxes in order to raise the money-and from increasing borrowing.

"We will be able to explain exactly where every penny is coming from but we will do that in the Budget", said the Health Secretary.

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"[NHS] spending has always increased by real terms every year, but much less so than the historical average, far less than during the new Labour years".

But the Sky Data poll found 47% of people do not think there will be "Brexit dividend", compared to 34% who did. That bit would need to reach an additional 1,200 to 2,000 pounds per household a year by 2033 to 2034, according to the IFS.

So it is clear that far from there being a "Brexit dividend", there is in fact a growing Brexit deficit.

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

Councillor Izzi Seecombe, of the Local Government Association, said: "Without essential council services, which help people live healthy lives in their own homes and communities, the NHS can not thrive".

Ms Robison said the Scottish Government has a "track record of always passing on the health consequentials to the NHS".

"We're prepared to make tough decisions, but fair decisions, which we believe would add even more to the NHS".

"We remain deeply concerned about the impact of Brexit on the NHS and need a commitment that any post-Brexit trade deals the United Kingdom enters into must not open up our NHS to privatisation or endanger public health initiatives - that simply can not and must not be allowed to happen". "And we want to listen to people about how we do that, and the chancellor will bring forward the full set of proposals before the spending review".

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