File photo of Boris Johnson making his Vote Leave speech in Preston, Lancs., along with Michael Gove and Priti Patel as they bring their Brexit roadshow to the Lancashire city. 1 June 2016. The bus used in the Vote Leave campaign has now been bought by Greenpeace.

Brexit guzzles Budget money as NHS left out in the cold

Philip Hammond put aside more money for Brexit than the NHS in the 2017 Budget in a reversal of the promises outlined during the referendum campaign.

The Chancellor said £3 billion would be spent on Brexit planning, while just £2.8 billion will go to the NHS.

In a deeply ironic twist the NHS now has just £350 million to see it through the winter, rather than the £350 million a week it was promised by the Leave campaign.

Earlier this month NHS boss Simon Stevens demanded that the promises on the “Brexit bus” should be honoured to the British public, saying  “the NHS wasn’t on the ballot paper, but it was on the Battle Bus.”

But instead the money has been diverted to transitioning Britain out of the Union.

In the budget Philip Hammond pledged and extra £2.8 billion in “exceptional” one-off funding for the health service to cope with immediate pressures up to 2020, the bulk of which will be delivered in 2018/19.

This will be broken down into £350m this year, which will be available immediately “to help NHS trusts plan for winter”, £1.6bn for 2018/19, and the rest in 2019/20.

Meanwhile £3 billion will be set aside for Brexit preparations over the next two years to allow for “every possible outcome”.

Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth recently warned that the NHS urgently needs a £500 million NHS bailout to get through the winter.

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “We’ve had no clear explanation from Jeremy Hunt and Theresa May about how the NHS will be prepared this winter.

“We are hearing that we could have a serious flu outbreak this winter.

“So if the government have robust plans, we need them to come forward.”

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2 Responses

  1. Ld Elon

    Its interesting that a MASSIVE economic profit is made on tobacco, alcohol, and drugs ILLEGAL&NON ILLEGAL for NHS.
    So this much profit, in access of billions upon billions, EACH YEAR, should be doing more than it has been, and is doing.
    Don’t even have to touch the profit when you have that many millions in interest access charge for borrowing such sums.,.

  2. Ld Elon

    One is also angered by how GPs ‘treat’ smokers {with hereditary illnesses}, being a SMOKER is paying THEIR WAGES as well as paying for the ‘VERY BEST’ ‘treatment’..

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