NHS should get £5bn per year 'Brexit bonus', former health secretary says

Former health secretary Lord Lansley. Credit: PA

The NHS should be given a "Brexit bonus" of £5 billion per year after both the Leave and Remain camps promised more money for the health service in the run up to the referendum, the former health secretary has said.

Speaking as a guest speaker at the NHS Providers annual lecture, Lord Lansley said: "At the referendum, on one hand the public were told that staying in would mean a strong economy and more money for the NHS

"On the other hand the public were told that leaving would mean redirecting the EU budget and more money for the NHS.

"So for political reasons, both campaigns told the public that whatever was going to happen in the future there would be more money for the NHS. So the public have a right to expect it.

"They have a right to expect a Brexit bonus for the NHS."

Lord Lansley added that the extra funding should be given to the NHS from 2019, the earliest point at which the UK could have left the EU.