Boris Johnson has misled the public on NHS funding – Jon Ashworth
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on reports Downing Street has admitted that at least £1 billion of the ‘new’ money for the NHS is not actually new, said:
“Boris Johnson has misled the public and our NHS staff. You cannot trust a word he says and his claims are unravelling.
“It is now clear this is not new money, but funds already earmarked for hospitals which ministers previously blocked.
“With 4.4 million patients waiting for operations and over 20,000 cancer patients waiting longer for treatment it is a disgrace that Johnson is trying to treat people like fools.
“After years of smash and grab cuts of £4 billion to NHS budgets it is now clearer than ever that, as Johnson’s top adviser says, the Tories don’t care about our NHS.”
Notes to editors
- Downing Street confirms that £1bn of the £1.8bn ‘new’ money for the NHS is not in fact new at all. They’re now trying to work out where the other £800 million came from. That may not be new either https://twitter.com/oliver_wright/status/1158340332356034561
- Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, insisted that “every penny” of additional resources that will be used to modernise 20 hospitals across England represented “new money from the Treasury” https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bb6b4c3a-b76e-11e9-bfc4-f5ff1f47234e
- “I want to stress, this is new money”. Boris Johnson says his pledge of £1.8bn of NHS funding is on top of previous promises https://twitter.com/BBCPolitics/status/1158341651904921601?s=19