May’s extra cash for NHS is not enough, says spending watchdog

Full story in The Guardian, 1 July 2018

The NHS will require far greater financial support than the latest cash boost announced by Theresa May if it is to meet the needs of a changing population, the head of Whitehall’s spending watchdog has warned.

In the week of the NHS’s 70th birthday, Sir Amyas Morse said there should be enough common ground across the political spectrum to find extra funding and form a new, united vision for health and social care in the 21st century.

“As we mark the 70th birthday, political leaders should be leading a debate about where we want this national asset to go and they should aim high,” the National Audit Office comptroller told the Guardian. “This is a topic where there is a lot of consensus out there. I would like politicians to be willing to think bigger.”