May confirms NHS boost will come from tax rises

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GETTYJeremy Hunt said the cash injection was a'fitting birthday present for the NHS

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. This is unsustainable and we call on the Prime Minister to specifically address this in the detail of her plans, ' she said.

That claim has been dismissed as "tosh" by Tory Health Select Committee chair Dr Sarah Wollaston, while former minister Dr Phillip Lee said "there is no evidence yet that there will be a "Brexit dividend" - so it's tax rises, more borrowing or both".

"As extra funding goes into the NHS it is important that the value pharmacists bring to improving patient care and safety is recognised more widely and funding is used to accelerate their increasing role in supporting the best use of medicines".

But she added that "across the nation, taxpayers will have to contribute a bit more in a fair and balanced way to support the NHS we all use".

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With dubious sources for funding and a deficient investment from the start, Theresa May's plans resemble more and more "a sticking plaster" than a real solution to the NHS' growing ailments.

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

Analysis published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) last month said that total health care spending in England (not just on the NHS) would need to increase by around 3.3% a year over the next 15 years in order for the NHS to keep functioning at its current level.

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry's chief executive Mike Thompson said the funding announcement for the NHS is "very much welcome".

"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.

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Mrs May is setting out the five-year budget settlement to mark the 70th anniversary of the health service.

The newspaper said the precise details of how the spending increase would be funded would be disclosed in a future government budget.

Her answer that the increase will be partly paid for by a "Brexit dividend" has already been questioned, with Labour saying the government was relying on a "hypothetical" windfall.

"We will be able to explain exactly where every penny is coming from but we will do that in the Budget", he said.

"We also remain concerned about the fate of social care".

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