May’s extra cash for NHS is not enough, says spending watchdog

To mark the anniversary, the prime minister has promised to increase NHS annual spending to £135bn by 2023-24, a £20bn increase on this year’s budget, and equivalent to an average annual increase of 3.4%.

Morse’s intervention comes as the head of the NHS, Simon Stevens, confirmed that significant planning had gone in to preparing the health service for a possible no-deal Brexit leading to a shortfall in vital medicines. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn is facing a warning from three former Labour health secretaries that a hard Brexit could damage the UK’s healthcare system.