Boris Johnson is set to pledge £1.8bn to boost frontline NHS services – and people are pointing out his previous support of claims that Britain pays £350m a week to the EU – and that it could be put back into the health services.
The prime minister will make a pledge during a visit to a hospital on Monday. He is expected to say that the money will go towards improving services, including increasing the number of hospital beds, funding new equipment, upgrading wards and repairing damaged buildings.
The government said the cash injection would fund upgrades to 20 hospitals around the country, and sources added the prime minister would confirm that the money will be made available immediately.
His latest comments have prompted people to be reminded of his previous claim that Britain pays £350m a week to the EU.
The controversy came after the Brexit bus he had been travelling with during the campaign was printed with the following: “We send the EU 350 million a week. Let’s fund our NHS instead.”
Johnson has previously defended his use of the figure.
Last year he told The Guardian:
There was an error on the side of the bus. We grossly underestimated the sum over which we would be able to take back control.
As and when the cash becomes available – and it won’t until we leave – the NHS should be at the very top of the list.
Needless to say, the prime minister’s comments - and the infamous Leave bus - continue to haunt him
Boris Johnson MP, Labour MP Gisela Stuart and UKIP MP Douglas Carswell address the people of Stafford in Market Square during the Vote Leave, Brexit Battle Bus tour on May 17, 20016 in Stafford, England (Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty)
To be clear:
1. It was Theresa May who pledged £20 billion for NHS, not Johnson
2. £20bn is over 4 years, £5bn/annu… https://t.co/oDQg5R4F7r
— Carol Monaghan MP 🏴 (@Carol Monaghan MP 🏴)
@BBCNews but was it not supposed to be £350 million a week, every week?