Lies over the £8,000,000,000. More smoke and mirrors from Mr Hunt and his cronies..

Chris Smyth reports in The Times 19th July 2016: £8bn NHS funding claim ‘misleading’

The government is misleading voters by claiming that it is giving an extra £8 billion to the NHS when the true figure is closer to £4.5 billion, according to the health select committee.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said that the health service would need at least an extra £8 billion by 2020 and ministers have boasted of backing “the NHS’s own plan”. But the boost to NHS England has partly been paid for by a £3 billion raid on wider budgets and using 2021 prices to inflate the funding figure, today’s report says.

Sarah Wollaston, the chairwoman of the committee, rebuked the government for using “short-term fixes which are shoring up long-term problems”. Councils have had social care budgets cut by £4.6 billion and the report says that the NHS has to pick up the pieces. Mr Stevens recently warned the government not to “rewrite history” by claiming that his plan had been given all it needed.

A Department of Health spokesman rejected the report’s conclusions.

Dennis Campbell in The Guardian says:@ Jeremy Hunt has broken NHS funding pledges, report finds

MPs claim other parts of the Department of Health’s budget, such as public health, are being diverted to fund NHS England

The government has broken its pledges on NHS funding and is misleading the public about how much extra money it is actually putting into the health service, a committee of MPs has said.

In a highly critical report, the House of Commons health select committee accuses Jeremy Hunt and other ministers of giving the cash-strapped NHS “less than would appear to be the case from official pronouncements”….

…Giving the Department of Health the promised £8bn would mean “training for nurses and doctors, and money to invest in buildings and equipment: budgets which provide crucial support to frontline services,” said Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust thinktank.

Health services failure will make Brexit look cheap….

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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