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'No guarantee' £350m a week of EU cash will be spent on NHS, says Nigel Farage

The £350m the Leave campaign claims is being spent every week on the European Union is unlikely to all be spent on the NHS, leader of UKIP Nigel Farage has admitted.

The official Vote Leave campaign had claimed that the money would all be spent on the NHS, and even emblazoned the pledge on its tour bus.

But Mr Farage - who is leader of the unofficial Leave.EU campaign - told GMTV that he felt the pledge was a ’mistake’.

When asked if he could pledge the money to the NHS, he said: ’No I can’t [guarantee it], and I would never have made that claim. That was one of the mistakes that I think the Leave campaign made.’

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Dr Sarah Wollaston, a former GP and chair of the Commons health committee, said she would be questioning the leave campaign about the pledge. She tweeted:

Dr Wollaston had previously switched to remain, having supported the campaign to leave the EU. 

The NHS Confederation has warned that the exit from the EU will have implications for the NHS.

It said: ’The NHS has broadly benefitted from being in the EU and leaving it will undoubtedly have implications which are yet to be clearly understood. The priorities for those who lead and are on the frontline of delivering NHS funded services are the sustainability and quality of patient care.

’It is impossible to predict the full impact at this stage, but clearly it is vital that our government seeks a strong, nuanced agreement with the European Union that recognises how interwoven NHS and EU policies have become.

’The NHS’s top priority will be to adapt to the new circumstances and continue its high quality services for patients. The NHS Confederation, through our European Office will be working in Brussels and the UK to ensure the needs of the NHS and its patients are understood throughout this process.’

The UK voted to leave the EU by a margin of 52% to 48%. Following the vote, Prime Minister David Cameron announced he will step down from October.

A spokesperson for the RCGP told Pulse that they would not be issuing an official statement on the impact of the referendum on UK general practice, but chair Dr Maureen Baker took to Twitter to say they would ‘keep fighting’ to protect general practice.

Dr Baker said: ‘What next for GPs across the UK? Expect most of us will go to work, care for our patients & keep fighting to protect general practice’

In a tweet, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: ’As remainer am in agreement with Dan Hannan just now: we voted to leave, now need calm, thoughtful leadership 2 bring &keep country together.’

 

 

Readers' comments (35)

  • shocked - honestly!

    #GPexit

    -anonymous salaried!

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  • I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE NHS BUT ONE THING IS CLEAR....HUNT MUST NOW RESIGN.
    HE HAS FAILED TO LISTEN TO VOTERS CONCERNS ABOUT HEALTHCARE ACCESS PRIMARILY GENERAL PRACTICE AND "DISMISSED" THE NOTION OF MASS GP RESIGNATION.

    HE HAS BEEN A MENACE TO GENERAL PRACTICE.

    PULSE MAGAZINE MUST NOW CALL FOR HIM TO GO.....TODAY

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  • Obviously the money was never going to be spent on the NHS and even if some of it did go to NHS manager's half baked ideas, no good would come of it. We will still have greedy bankers/NHS managers, lying politicians and terrorists no matter what the result was this morning ... Much more fear mongering propaganda came from George Osbourne who will now be proved wrong over the next few months.

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  • Shocked??? Really???
    Did anyone really think this right wing bunch of public school boys were going to chuck money at public services when there are pockets to be lined??
    Fools

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  • I blame Jeremy Hunt for his "moral crimes" against General Practice and the subsequent public backlash over healthcare access-a major concern.
    Why didn't he listen??

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  • Yes, I too blame Jeremy Hunt
    Pulse magazine should now do a referendum on whether Hunt should resign...
    Come on PULSE don't be afraid of Politicians.
    We need somebody who does not have a "criminal grievance against General Practice" to steer us through these troubled times.
    Have some "cojones" PULSE.
    Then present the referendum to Hunt and wave goodbye to this "political monster"

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  • Er... http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/political-news/nine-in-ten-gps-think-jeremy-hunt-should-go/20031800.article

  • Dear Editor, Ah but this is the day AFTER BREXIT.
    Things have changed !

    Many believe that it is Hunt's failure to listen to the electorate which has influenced the LEAVE vote.

    It is time for a re-vote but more than this...a personal message delivered by PULSE in person to HUNT.

    Last time PULSE gave him a "written warning", now it is time to "Strike him off"

    Cameron has the decency to resign (even though I voted remain) but Hunt will hang in there because he does not listen or care about anybody else-maybe PULSE can get the needed result.

    A photoshot of handing HUNT the new VOTE.
    yes, I know, your PULSE owners probably don't want to rock the boat and have made this clear in board meetings...but forget about this and seize the day.

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  • not sure what it's got to do with Farage: he's not actually in government. As I'm sure Sarah Woolenstone will be told by whoever she drags in front of her

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  • Vinci Ho

    NF-opportunist
    So predictable

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  • Come on Sarah, don't be silly. As someone else has already pointed out Nigel Farage is not in government and nobody really believed all the money would be ploughed into the NHS. If you did , you are obviously not as clever as you think, especially after jumping from the lifeboat into the Titanic. Not very clever of you was it? Sounds like a case of sour grapes.

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