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NHS should be “first port of call” for potential Brexit savings, says Hunt

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5191 (Published 08 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5191
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The NHS should be first in line to receive any financial savings that come about as the result of Britain leaving the European Union, England’s health secretary has said.

Speaking at the NHS Providers conference in Birmingham on 8 November, Jeremy Hunt said that, despite no government commitment to increase NHS funding because of Brexit, this should happen if possible.

Referring to a proposal by the Vote Leave campaign to increase NHS funding by £350m (€396m; $458m) a week if Britain left the EU, Hunt said, “As you know, it wasn’t a government promise; it was a promise by the Leave campaign, but what I very much agree with is [that] if there is a Brexit dividend [and] if we end up having less pressure on public finance because of not making contributions to the EU, I believe that the NHS should be the first port of …

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