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

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He said Chancellor Philip Hammond would reveal more details in the autumn budget in November.

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Tory chairwoman of the Commons Health Committee Sarah Wollaston branded talk of a Brexit bonanza "tosh" as she said voters were being treated like fools.

But the Shadow Health Secretary believes the five-year plan to increase spending on the NHS is "not enough money".

While the 3.4% boost has been widely welcomed, the IFS has stated that an increase of at least 4% is needed if services are to improve. "There would be accusations of magic money trees, this is a magic money forest that's come out this morning".

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Mrs May said: "Now, as we leave the European Union and stop paying significant annual subscriptions to Brussels, we will have more money to spend on priorities such as the NHS".

May said: "Put simply, our long-term plan for the NHS needs to view technology as more than supporting what the NHS is doing already".

In her interview, May - who campaigned against Brexit in 2016 and has been under pressure from hardline Brexiteers ever since to prove her conversion to the cause - drew attention to the fact that her funding announcement exceeded that 350 million pound-per-week figure. It said "it looks like there is limited potential elsewhere for making cuts that could compensate for rises in health spending".

For example, there could be delayed rises in income tax thresholds (a so-called "stealth tax").

"We're prepared to make tough decisions, but fair decisions, which we believe would add even more to the NHS". The specifics of how this will work haven't yet been outlined.

Cancelling a proposed fall in Corporation Tax-from 19% to 17% in 2020-could raise around £6 billion. What kind of tax increase this would amount to remains a Cabinet secret.

Mrs May is using her speech in London to say the NHS has a special place in British life, stating: "I will never forget visiting the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack".

"This money will be provided specifically for the NHS".

What does this mean for social care and public health funding?

Theresa May announces increased NHS funding.

"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.

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.

"Labour would have invested almost £9bn extra this year in the NHS and social care, while asking the wealthiest and big corporations to pay their fair share of tax", he claimed. We do know - the Treasury has done its sums, it hasn't made its final decisions but it is very clear this can be affordable. We certainly haven't seen that.

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