Tories ‘will give NHS extra £8bn’

Published: Sunday 29th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The Conservative Party will spend an extra £8 billion on the NHS if it wins the general election to fund a five year plan drawn up by its chief executive, Jeremy Hunt has promised.

The Health Secretary said the Government would fully fund the plan drawn up by NHS England boss Simon Stevens, which would see £2 billion being pumped into the health service every year until 2019/20.

The so-called “Stevens plan” will see a total of £30 billion put into the NHS, with £22 billion found through efficiency savings and £8 billion in extra spending.

Until now only the Liberal Democrats had pledged to find the money but Mr Hunt has signed the Tories up to the plan.

The Health Secretary also suggested that the Tories could find efficiency savings amounting to more than £22 billion, meaning it would have to spend less to meet the plan, adding that the details would be worked out in the summer.

Asked by the Sunday Times if the Tories would find the full £30bn, Mr Hunt said: “Yes. We’ve demonstrated that we’re as good as our word.

“At the last election we were the only party that promised to protect the NHS budget. We didn’t just protect it, we increased it.

“We said to Simon Stevens, ‘How much do you need for your plan next year, the first year of your five-year plan?’ He said ‘£1.7bn’, and we actually found him £2bn.

“We’re now doing the work as to what the efficiency savings are. The gap might be more than £8bn, it might be less.

“That will all be settled in the summer when we do the spending-round discussions. We will continue to spend more in real terms year in, year out.”

Published: Sunday 29th March 2015 by The News Editor

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