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May’s extra cash for NHS is not enough, says spending watchdog

In the week of the NHS’s 70th birthday, Sir Amyas Morse said there should be enough common ground across the political spectrum to find extra funding and form a new, united vision for health and social care in the 21st century.

The NHS will require far greater financial support than the latest cash boost announced by Theresa May if it is to meet the needs of a changing population, the head of Whitehall’s spending watchdog has warned

To mark the anniversary, the prime minister has promised to increase NHS annual spending to £135bn by 2023-24, a £20bn increase on this year’s budget, and equivalent to an average annual increase of 3.4%.

Morse’s intervention comes as the head of the NHS, Simon Stevens, confirmed that significant planning had gone in to preparing the health service for a possible no-deal Brexit leading to a shortfall in vital medicines. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn is facing a warning from three former Labour health secretaries that a hard Brexit could damage the UK’s healthcare system.

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