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NHS Funding Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:56 pm on 27th January 2020.

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Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care 4:56 pm, 27th January 2020

No, it is the largest and longest funding settlement in history, and we can fund a strong NHS only if we have a strong economy. We had this debate during the general election, and the general public saw straight through promises that cannot be funded because of other policies that would crash the economy. We will fund the NHS properly. This Bill places a legal duty on the Government to uphold a minimum level of NHS revenue funding over the next four years. This point is very important. The legislation explicitly states that the Bill establishes a floor, not a ceiling, for how much we spend on our vital and valued public service and on the revenue budget, which means the day-to-day running costs of the NHS.