The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to detail exactly how they plan on funding the £20 billion NHS cash injection. Responding to May’s speech, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said:
“The Government has missed a golden opportunity to work with other parties to come up with a transparent and properly-funded plan for the NHS and social care. Instead, they have shamelessly misled the public with the myth of a ‘Brexit Dividend’, which simply doesn’t exist.
“The Tories’ promise of a £20 billion cash injection rings hollow with no clarity as to where the money will come from. The IFS and the King’s Fund have also said that it won’t be enough to deliver a modern NHS that treats people with mental and physical ill health equally.
“In her speech May called for a more efficient NHS, but this will be impossible to achieve when none of the new funding is going towards social care, public health or prevention.
“This is not the long-term plan that the NHS and social care need. To achieve this, the Government must accept the need to work with others to find a solution which offers sustainable funding.
The Lib Dems are the only party putting forward an immediate 1p increase in income tax – which would raise an additional £6bn a year."