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MPs want more money for the NHS

Boris Johnson arriving at a Cabinet meeting this morning where he is believed to have called for greater spending on our NHS. Photo: PA

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The pressure to ease the on going NHS crisis is continuing to build on Prime Minister Theresa May, at this morning's Cabinet meeting Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson added his voice to the calls to up spending on our NHS.

There is a growing number of Conservative MPs publicly calling for more cash and bringing social care and health care closer together.

One West Country Conservative MP said to me last night that the 'sands are shifting' in relation to spending more money on our health service, although they expressed their frustration about how slow the Government is being at reacting to the problems.

They were, though, very confident that at some point the PM will act at some point and warn the shouting from back bench MPs will get louder and louder until she does.

Many Conservatives are worried that the Labour is seemingly winning the arguments over the NHS and fear the Prime Minister will struggle to win back the initiative if she doesn't act soon.

It is fair to say that the Government is dealing with Brexit, which is a massive administrative challenge, but so many MPs are telling me that this Government needs to start to show it can make a difference on the domestic agenda too. The Government says that it prioritised NHS spending in the budget in November as well as allocating extra funds for the winter period, arguing the NHS is better prepared for the winter pressures this year than ever before.

Theresa May has developed a reputation of surviving despite numerous challenges to her authority, but with so many of her MPs (including ones who rarely challenge their party) calling for new cash and ways of thinking on the NHS it is looking increasingly likely she can't afford to ignore their calls.