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Exclusive: Chancellor wants to knock £2bn off health secretary’s push for extra £5.2bn a year

Jeremy Hunt and Philip Hammond are at loggerheads over how much more money the NHS should get to fulfil Theresa May’s pledge for a long-term funding deal to rescue the service.

The health and social care secretary and chancellor have been competing for the prime minister’s backing for their starkly different visions of how much extra cash the beleaguered service in England needs.

Hunt is pushing for an increase that would see the NHS budget rise by at least £5.2bn a year, while Hammond’s approach would mean an annual rise of about £3.25bn.

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The Guardian

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