Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Theresa May tells SNP to spend £2bn on Scottish NHS

Theresa May EPATheresa May will announce the multi-million pound funding boost today
Melissa Porter | 22 June, 2018, 16:32

Brexit will yield only net costs, not net savings, and because all of us as taxpayers will effectively finance any extra NHS spending, this seemingly innocuous branding is important to get right. "This is our National Health Service".

The announcement, which comes as the NHS is due to turn 70 years old next year, will be funded in part via a "Brexit divident", Ms May claimed.

If one is to believe the PM, the "Brexit dividend" is cash that would have otherwise been sent to the European Union and will be used on British matters after Brexit.

The PM will fill in some of the details on her proposed 10-year plan, which she will say must ensure "every penny is well spent".

The Government said that under the plan by 2023-24, the NHS budget will increase compared to today by over £20 billion a year in real terms, which is approximately £600 million a week in cash terms.

Appearing on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show on Monday morning, he said: "It is weird that the government is deciding to bring this very toxic, divisive debate back into the NHS proposals".

That's a faster increase than in recent years, .

"But the commitment the government is making goes further and we will all need to make a greater contribution through the tax system in a way that is fair and balanced".

It is expected that taxes and borrowing will rise to pay for the increase in funding, and resources will be redirected from the more than £9 billion a year the United Kingdom now pays into the EU.

Asked about the scepticism over the Brexit dividend - official forecasts are that departing the European Union will cost the public purse around £15bn a year, while much of the European Union contribution has already been allocated for the next few years - May insisted it existed.

"This long-term plan and historic funding boost is a fitting birthday present for our most loved institution".

"The speculation about where it's coming from - particularly the 'Brexit dividend" - is just not credible, as far as many commentators are saying.

No. While the 3.4% funding increase is welcomed, the IFS has argued that the NHS needs something along the lines of a 5% increase in the short run to make a "modest improvement" on its current situation.

Plus, the funding increase announced focuses only on NHS England.

Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: "After eight years of Tory cuts and privatisation, the NHS and social care are in crisis".

"So we have to see the detail and see where this money is going to come from we have to see that it is going to be real money".

"I want to make sure that as see as we see this £2 billion in additional money coming to Scotland that those who work in our health service, who have been telling us that they need this key investment, will see this money coming through".

The report he referenced called for a rise of 3.5% and said that £10bn was needed simultaneously for social care by 2030.