PM to increase funding in 70th birthday year of NHS after pressure from Hunt and Johnson
Theresa May has pledged to bring forward a long-term funding plan for the NHS in response to growing concerns that key health services are being overwhelmed by rising demand.
The prime minister’s announcement comes amid mounting pressure from within Conservative ranks, led by Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, for her to ditch the small spending rises the NHS has received since 2010 and start giving it increases stretching to many billions of pounds a year.
May did not mention how much more money the long-term plan could involve. But the Office of Budget Responsibility has calculated that getting back to the rises that the NHS received from its creation in 1948 until 2010, an average of almost 4%, would need the NHS budget to jump to about £150bn by 2022-23.