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Welsh Government to get £1.2bn funding boost

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The Prime Minister has urged the Welsh Government to commit to investing in the NHS an extra £1.2bn it is due to receive as a result of NHS spending she's announced for England.

Theresa May announced a five year budget that will lead to an increased £20bn a year for the health service in England.

The extra cash follows the prime minister's announcement that, in the NHS's 70th year, an extra £20 billion a year by 2023/24 will be invested in health services across the UK.

It will see the Welsh Government receive additional Barnett funding worth £1.2 billion over the same period.

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While it is up to the devolved administrations to spend the money as they see fit, I believe everyone in the UK should benefit from this extra funding for the NHS.

So I urge the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to use this money to improve the NHS – and to develop their own long-term plans for NHS Scotland and NHS Wales.

This way the vision I have set out today can benefit the whole United Kingdom.

– Theresa May, Prime Minister

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns, echoed the Prime Minister.

He called on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, to secure agreement from the First Minister of Wales to ensure the windfall is directed to improving the NHS in Wales.

As a result of the Prime Minister's significant new investment in the NHS, it means a £1.2 billion funding boost from the UK Government.

ln the NHS's 70th year, I strongly urge the Welsh Government to spend this extra money strategically to deliver better health outcomes in Wales.

This money can be used to address concerns raised on performance, as on a number of measures Wales is falling behind.

– Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales

The Welsh Government said it will make its own spending decisions but that any increase is unlikely to make up for £4bn of cuts its seen in recent years.

There has been criticism too of the Prime Minister for claiming that some of the funding will come from a 'Brexit dividend'and for confirming that part of it will come from increased taxes.

However Welsh Conservatives welcomed the news as a welcome boost for the NHS in Wales and similarly urged the Welsh Government to follow suit.

While we welcome any additional funding, we await details of what that additional funding for Wales will be. However, it cannot be forgotten that had the Welsh Budget seen real terms growth between 2010-11 and 2019-20, the budget would be some £4bn higher than it is today. Decisions on the allocation of additional funding will be made by the Welsh cabinet in the usual way.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson