Health Secretary guarantees NHS prepared 'whatever the Brexit scenario'
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Good Morning Britain he can “guarantee” the NHS is prepared for any Brexit scenario.
Earlier Boris Johnson announced that 20 NHS hospitals in England would benefit from his £850 million spending pledge to upgrade outdated facilities and equipment.
However, Boris' cash injection statement has been criticised as ‘a drop in the ocean’. Some experts are calling for more funding to be committed across the health system, warning that the amount promised by the Prime Minister is only a fraction of what is needed.
Mr Hancock said: “Our proposals for Brexit are that we should get a deal, that is the prime objective. Of course we’ve got to prepare for leaving without a deal if the EU doesn’t make any movement. That’s part of my job to make sure that’s in place. But this money, these new investments, will happen whatever the Brexit scenario.
“I guarantee that we now have full plans in place to make sure that the NHS will be prepared whatever the Brexit scenario."
Speaking of Johnson’s new £1.8 billion pledge to the NHS, he said: “It is great news that the new Prime Minister is backing the NHS so strongly. His top domestic priority to make sure that the NHS is always there for you.
“This extra money, which is new from the Treasury – of course, it’s all ultimately taxpayers’ money – but this new allocation of money will go to 20 much-needed hospital upgrade projects around the country."