NHS Spending

Part of EU Nationals in the Uk – in the House of Commons at 6:41 pm on 6th July 2016.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Labour, Enfield North 6:41 pm, 6th July 2016

I am pleased to follow Dr Whitford and agree with many of her points.

I share concerns expressed about the misleading statements made on the national health service during the EU referendum campaign. Many of my constituents who voted to leave were swayed by the pledge that a future outside the European Union could result in £350 million extra every week being invested in our NHS—and if not £350 million, then £120 million would do very nicely at the moment and make a big difference. Whether they voted leave or remain, people feel very disillusioned with such misleading statements.

The breathtaking speed with which prominent figures from the leave campaign have backtracked on that promise shows how hollow their words really were. People on both sides of the debate are upset and angry about what has happened. They understand that our hospitals, doctors and nurses need better support and more investment. I therefore fully support the motion.