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"I never said that during the course of the election. The £350m was an extrapolation. What we actually said was a significant amount of it would go to the NHS. There was talk about it going to the NHS. It was never the total."


Iain Duncan Smith

What could £350m per week for the NHS pay for?

"The government must be honest with the public about what the NHS can deliver with the funding it has been given. It is not realistic to expect hard-pressed staff to deliver new commitments like seven-day services while also reducing financial deficits."

Chris Ham, the King's Fund's Chief Executive

I would never have made that claim, and it was one of the mistakes that the Leave campaign made.
You must understand...
I did - as I always do - my own thing.

Nigel Farage MEP
24 June 2016

Some fear Brexit could add to NHS challenges

"NHS employees' pay has fallen by 10 per cent in real terms between 2009/10 and 2014/15.

"With the fall in the value of the pound over recent months, most economic forecasts now expect inflation to increase. This will make pay restraint harder to maintain as the gap between rising living costs and earnings widens.

"With the service already struggling to recruit and retain enough staff and morale low among large parts of the workforce, it will be critically important to provide strong support for the 55,000 EU nationals working in the NHS to ensure as many of them as possible stay in the UK."

King's Fund Report, Nov 2016

"The £350m pledge was a key element of the Vote Leave campaign's promise to voters, billed as money that would be saved after leaving the EU which could instead go to health spending."

The Guardian, Oct 2016

"They should all hang their heads in shame. There were many people, particularly in less wealthy areas, who were convinced by Leave's claim that if we left the EU we would be able to pour millions more into the NHS.

"The danger now is these people will become even more disillusioned with all politicians because this lot misled them."

Anna Soubry, Conservative MP

Brexit's not started. So we could yet see these contributions diverted to the NHS

"Well, yes, in the sense that clearly once we leave, and that isn't possible until the final moment of the change in our arrangements, and we take back control of the budgets we contribute to the EU.

"Once that happens, clearly it will be possible for the UK government to spend people's money on our priorities. And the number one priority for most people is the NHS."


Boris Johnson, Sep 2016

Under funding of NHS in the spotlight

"There is not one single mention in the 72-page Autumn Statement document of the words NHS, social care, mental health, and public health."

Luciana Berger, a former shadow health minister

"It's jaw-dropping that when the NHS is facing the biggest financial squeeze in its history - when waiting lists are at four milion, when A&Es are in crisis - there was not a single penny piece of extra investment for the NHS."

Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth

What would £18.2bn year add to NHS spending?

NHS Statistics

Anti-Brexit MPs call on Government to deliver £350m pledge

"We accept the verdict of the British people. Yet if this mandate is to mean anything, it must include the single most visible promise of the leave campaign - spending £350m more a week on the NHS.

"We are calling on you to commit to increase national NHS spending by £350m a week as soon as this money becomes available. This additional funding must be over and above the amount that is currently planned to be spent on the National Health Service.

"Commit to Vote Leave's promise or explain why you cannot, and why your cabinet colleagues so cynically misled the British people."

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"The implication of the Chancellor's statement, and the accompanying economic forecast, is that austerity is set to continue beyond this decade. For the next few years NHS staff will feel the impact in their pay packets."

Health.org, Nov 2016

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"Philip Hammond said the government would work with service leaders to ensure the money was spent effectively, underlining his view that it was not so much about the volume of investment as how it was deployed."

BBC, Nov 2016

NHS pay predicted to fall behind inflation

"The OBR confirmed that inflation is set to increase sharply - from 0.7% this year to 2.3% next year. The 1% cap on pay awards for NHS staff will bite even harder as pay struggles to keep pace with rising household bills."

health.org, Nov 2016

"We know the NHS is under pressure because of our ageing population, but we rightly expect the service to continue to ensure that patients get treated quickly."

Government Spokesman, Nov 2016

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