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Budget 2020

Part of Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Tony Lloyd Tony Lloyd Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

The link between health and the economy is now automatic because of the coronavirus situation. If I had been asking the Secretary of State a question about health in Northern Ireland two weeks ago, I would have pointed out that there is a £600 million shortfall in bringing the Northern Ireland health budget up to speed. How much money exactly will be put into that budget to ensure that the health system there is robust against coronavirus, and to build up the capacity that it ought to have so that it catches up with the rest of the UK?