Sunday 21 May 2017 / 11:02 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Damian Green has let the cat out the bag, the Tories are offering no new money for the NHS at this election – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Damian Green’s comments on the Andrew Marr Show that the
Tories £8bn NHS manifesto pledge involves reallocating existing budgets, said:

Damian Green has let the cat out the bag.
The Tories are offering no new money for the NHS at this election, but instead
their offer involves reallocating existing budgets. In 2015 they said they’d
give the NHS £10bn and it turned out to be untrue. They’re up to the same
tricks again.

“As part of Labour’s fully costed manifesto, we are offering the NHS
a cash boost of £8bn this year, including money for urgently needed
capital works, and we’ve said how we will pay for it. Only Labour will give the
NHS the funding it needs to deliver a truly modern, 21st Century
service for Britain’s patients. Under the Tories the NHS will continue to be
underfunded and overstretched and it is patients who will pay the price.”