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Government plans to raise NHS spending are welcome, but lack focus

Time for a grown-up discussion about our ageing society

By George Magnus  

Prime Minister Theresa May making a speech at the Royal Free Hospital, north London, following the announcement of increased NHS funding, where she outlined how spending on the health service will grow by £384 million a week in real terms by 2024. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

It would be churlish not to welcome the government’s plan for the NHS to receive an additional £20bn by 2023. Yet there is something about the announcement that smacks of both deceit and desperation.

Much has been made already as to Theresa May’s preposterous repetition that the extra money would derive from the “Brexit dividend” as well as from unspecified new taxes. I won’t dwell on this here as the notion of a Brexit dividend has already been…

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