Your guide to Theresa May's NHS funding plans

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British Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans on Sunday to increase spending on healthcare by 20 billion pounds annually by 2023/24, funded by money no longer spent on membership of the European Union and increased taxation.

The IFS has also outlined a number of other ideas for raising money, such as charging for NHS services and selling off buildings and land owned by the NHS as recommended in the Naylor Review.

She claimed the extra £384 million a week was a "Brexit dividend", vindicating the notorious bus claim that we'd have loads more cash for the health service after we stopped paying it to Jean-Claude Juncker.

Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, said: "We can now face the next five years with renewed certainty".

Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) Paul Johnson also said the so-called windfall from European Union withdrawal would not materialise when the United Kingdom stopped paying more than £9 billion a year to Brussels due to the "divorce bill" of some £39 billion, and other economic factors.

But Sarah Wollaston, the Tory MP and Chair of Health & Social Care Select Committee, tweeted: "The Brexit dividend tosh was expected but treats the public as fools".

"Actually the public finances will be £15 billion or so worse off [after Brexit], not better off, so there really just isn't money there for a Brexit dividend". "Sad to see Govt slide to populist arguments rather than evidence on such an important issue".

All eyes will now be on the speech the prime minister is due to deliver this morning, which may also reveal further details on the proposed cash increase as well as the 10-year plan, which reportedly will aim to reduce waste, cut red tape and address variation in services and standards. But it's right that we must recognise the impact social care has on the NHS, and the way in which these work together.

"Theresa May could have announced this but chose not to".

Her answer that the increase will be partly paid for by a "Brexit dividend" has already been questioned, with Labour saying the government was relying on a "hypothetical" windfall.

Independent think tank the International Longevity Centre - UK also welcomed the new funding, but stressed that the growing pressures on the health service need to be managed in the long-term "to avoid this becoming a sticking plaster solution". And even after that it would still need 4% more than it's now getting.

Mr Dickson said the existing system "will certainly not be able to cope - even with this injection", and the country needs "an honest debate about what the NHS can and cannot do".

Jeremy Hunt has said the "precise details" of how a £20bn funding boost for the NHS will be costed will not be revealed until the next budget.

Sir Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK's chief executive, said: "Sadly, whilst this additional investment is very welcome, it falls short of what is likely to be needed to truly transform the way that patients are cared for".

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