PM told to come clean on funding source for NHS boost

The controversial Vote Leave battle bus saying the country would have an extra £350m for the NHS per week if we left the EU

Labour has criticised the government for offering the NHS a 3.4% funding increase, which it says is not enough to "save" the health service.

The PM will say that money that no longer needs to be paid to the European Union after Brexit will help fund the increase by 2023-24, and the country will also be asked to contribute more for the NHS.

During the 2016 referendum campaign on European Union membership, the pro-Brexit camp claimed that Britain was sending 350 million pounds a week to the European Union and should spend that money on the NHS instead.

The figure tops the controversial £350 million a week increase promised by the Leave campaign during the referendum.

Speaking to Sky News, the health and social care secretary repeated Theresa May's comments that a "Brexit dividend" will contribute to the increase, and insisted the rise would "not depend on this or that level of economic growth".

In an interview with The Sunday Times, health minister Jeremy Hunt said: "There's a total understanding across the government that the health and social care systems are interdependent and that to make this settlement work we also need a long-term plan for the social care system as the next step".

It comes as the prime minister, who is coming under pressure over her announcement to mark the NHS's 70th birthday, is due to give a speech in north London.

He said: "This programme of investment and reform was supported by a clear and specific increase in national insurance - unlike the plans announced today which appear to be dependent on mystery tax increases and a mythical Brexit dividend the IFS confirms can not fund the extra spending".

Taxpayers will have to pay more to help fund a £20bn boost to the NHS, Theresa May has confirmed.

In a direct plea to the Scottish SNP Government, she concluded: "The Tory party in Scotland are demanding that the two billion pounds that is going to come to Scotland as part of this injection must be spent on health".

"Well, I can tell you what I am announcing will mean that in 2023-24, there will be about £600m a week in cash, more in cash, going into the NHS".

Mrs May is using her speech in London to say the NHS has a special place in British life, hailing the work of those who treated victims of the Manchester Arena attack a year ago.

"Actually the public finances will be £15 billion or so worse off, not better off, so there really just isn't money there for a Brexit dividend", he said. "Tackling the huge disparity in access to mental health care will have to be an aspiration, rather than reality for another five years". While a 1p increase in all Income Tax rates could raise £7 billion by 2022/23, and analysis by the IFS found this might raise around £5 billion in 2018/19. "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".

Mrs May has asked NHS England boss Simon Stevens to help draw up the plan with the input of senior staff working in the health service.

Theresa May has told the Scottish Government how it should spend an estimated £2bn windfall from increased funding for the NHS in England, saying devolved administrations should use the Barnett consequentials to "benefit the whole United Kingdom".

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