£10bn Funding for NHS is Untrue, According to MPs
A group of 5 MPs have warned Phillip Hammond that Theresa May’s claims regarding an extra £10 Billion being put into the NHS are untrue. They have also claimed that the NHS is so lacking in funds that hospital closures and even cases of rationing treatment could be on the horizon.
A letter has been written to the chancellor from the group of 5 MPs who are led by Dr Sarah Wollaston to demand that the claims surrounding the £10bn are scrapped, and that the severity of the shortage is faced. The letter also stated that the figure gives a “false impression that the NHS is awash with cash”.
In response to the allegations, May told Manchester Evening News that Simon Stevens came up with a 5 year plan that included the NHS needing an extra £8bn, and instead of them giving the £8bn they have given £10bn extra to help out with the shortages. However, according to the MPs this £10bn is not a justified figure, and they say that the £10bn budget can only be reached if an extra year is added onto the spending review period.
May told the head of the NHS in private that it would get no additional money this parliament, despite promises in relation to EU referendum that the NHS funding would be boosted as money that was previously being sent to Europe, could be diverted to the health service.
The growing and ageing population is also a concern, as the major restrictions that are being put into place could mean an increase in waiting lists and patients not being able to gain access to drugs.
In response to the MPs claims, the government backed May’s statement, saying that the £10bn plan was put in place to help ease the pressures on the NHS service, and it would “be wrong to suggest otherwise”.