Jeremy Corbyn promised a whopping “£26 billion extra in real terms” for the NHS with £40 billion extra in cash terms for the service going forward. These big promises come alongside vows for improvement in patient care, mental health services and more GPs all while staving off encroaching privatisation. The claims come as once again the NHS proves its become an easy target for point scoring this election.
Labour repeatedly reasserted the claim that under Boris Johnson the UK will see “an international trade deal that risks seeing it sold off”.
Twitter was quick to pile scorn however, in particular the claim that the deal is “credible and fully costed”.
Many users were click to challenge the claim where the funds were coming from.
One user saying: “Corbyns going back to his magic money tree”
Another in damning review called it: “A pack of lies, you can’t prove where a penny of additional spending would come from.
“Its all just fluffy electioneering nonsense”
Others were quick to point at Labours record.
One user saying: “I hope people see through these mistruths when the manifestos are published.
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“Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for a 4 day working week will cripple our economy and cost the NHS billions every year.
“That leaves a huge funding shortfall in Labour’s plans and it is patients who will pay the price for Corbyn’s incompetence.
“Corbyn’s Labour also have no policies to deal with the pressure that their plan for unlimited and uncontrolled immigration would put on our NHS.”
The Tory analysis found that Labour’s pledge to push up funding to £129.3 billion next year would be reduced to £123.2 billion once the cost of a four day working week was factored in.
Conservative plans would put funding at £127 billion in 2020. The party claimed Labour would leave the NHS worse off by £5 billion over the course of the next parliament.
The Institute of Economic Affairs was also critical saying the funding plans were irresponsible.
Mark Littlewood, director general at the think tank, said: “The endless billions of pounds that are being pledged to the National Health Service in this election cycle are not costed, not responsible, and crucially are not going to cure the health system’s long-term ails.
“The NHS remains an international laggard in terms of health outcomes and has some of the highest rates of avoidable deaths in western Europe.”