NHS bonus

Former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has called for an extra £5bn a year to be given to the NHS as part of a “Brexit bonus”.

The former Conservative MP said the public are right to feel the NHS should receive additional funding following Leave campaigners’ £350m pledge to the NHS prior to the EU referendum in June.

During his speech, Lord Lansley, who was health secretary from 2010 to 2012, said: “At the referendum, on one hand the public were told that staying in would mean a strong economy and more money for the NHS.

“On the other hand the public were told that leaving would mean redirecting the EU budget and more money for the NHS.

“So for political reasons, both campaigns told the public that whatever was going to happen in the future, there would be more money for the NHS.

“So the public have a right to expect it. They have a right to expect a Brexit bonus for the NHS. “It frankly should be no less than £5bn a year.”

Lord Lansley said Prime Minister Theresa May should pledge Britain will always spend at least 7.3% of its GDP on the NHS.

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