NHS spending boost will increase burden of taxation, says Jeremy Hunt

The controversial Vote Leave battle bus saying the country would have an extra £350m for the NHS per week if we left the EU

The prime minister is facing a backlash for linking her NHS cash boost with the Vote Leave pledge during the referendum campaign to spend Britain's European Union contributions on the health service instead. But instead of acclaiming her as the NHS savior, critics noticed she lacks the money to pay for the new outlays.

Analysis published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) last month said that total health care spending in England (not just on the NHS) would need to increase by around 3.3% a year over the next 15 years in order for the NHS to keep functioning at its current level.

Echoing this, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) recently projected that NHS spending would have to increase by 5.3% of national income over the next 50 years if it is to meet increasing demand for its services and other cost pressures.

"The truth is that in spite of this welcome extra investment we will face hard choices and we need an honest debate about what the NHS can and cannot do".

May admitted the "Brexit dividend" would not be enough to generate all the extra health service funds.

"They've told us they're going to pay for it from a Brexit dividend".

The prime minister said contributions will rise "a bit", but delayed further details until the autumn budget.

May said spending in England would increase to an extra 20 billion pounds by 2023/24.

The Prime Minister announced the increase in funding, which will see the £114bn-a-year budget rise by an average of over 3% a year for the next five years - still well below the average NHS annual real growth rate during its history - 4% according to the Nuffield Trust.

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Labour's shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: "The NHS is in crisis after eight years of Tory cuts and privatisation".

Other suggestions for where the money might come from include changes to taxation-either freezing tax thresholds or increasing taxes in order to raise the money-and from increasing borrowing.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, though it is negotiating transitional arrangements to soften the economic and legal impact of withdrawal from a club it joined more than four decades ago. Any departure that involves tax increases could upset core voters and open it up to criticism from the opposition Labour Party.

Mr Hunt promised he would "come forward" with a "long-term plan" for the social care system.

"We will listen to views about how we do this and the chancellor [Philip Hammond] will set out the detail in due to course".

The PM will also recall her own reliance on the NHS for help when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, saying: "I would not be doing the job I am doing today without that support".

Johnson, who was visiting Geneva to address the U.N. Human Rights Council, dismissed the idea that many people thought relying on a "Brexit dividend" was nonsense.

Mrs May is using her speech in London to say the NHS has a special place in British life, stating: "I will never forget visiting the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack".

"Labour would have invested almost £9 billion extra this year in the NHS and social care, while asking the wealthiest and big corporations to pay their fair share of tax".

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