Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a one-off cash boost of £1.8bn for NHS hospitals in England.Of this, almost £1bn will be available immediately to go towards new equipment and upgrades to 20 hospitals.Writing in the Sunday Times, Mr Johnson said he was “determined to deliver” the promises of the Brexit referendum campaign and increase NHS spending.But Labour said it fell “significantly short” of the amount needed by the NHS and would not reverse years of cuts.The money is coming from the Treasury and is not a re-allocation of funds from the Department of Health.It is on top of an extra £20bn a year by 2023 announced by former prime minister Theresa May last year.Around £850m – spread over five years – will go towards funding the 20 hospital upgrades that Mr Johnson promised in his first speech as PM outside Downing Street.The remaining money is expected to help clear a backlog of existing upgrade work and infrastructure projects.He will formally announce the funding on Monday, when he is expected to identify the hospitals which will get money to upgrade wards and repair buildings. Theresa May unveils £20bn boost for NHS Reality Check: Is the NHS boost £84bn or £20bn?… Read full this story
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