NHS to get extra £1.8bn even under no-deal Brexit, says Hancock

According to Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, the NHS will get an extra £1.8bn to be spent on NHS infrastructure and equipment even if there is a no-deal Brexit.

The spending plans were formally announced by Boris Johnson on a visit to Lincolnshire, one of the most pro-Brexit areas in the country, which has driven speculation that the prime minister could be preparing for an autumn general election by reinforcing the Vote Leave message about extra NHS spending.

In a round of media interviews, Hancock said the extra money could be found due to a buoyant economy. The opposition and health organisations have dismissed the money as insufficient to make up for previous cuts.

Full story in The Guardian, 5 August 2019