THERESA MAY has agreed a bumper £20billion windfall for the NHS after overruling the Chancellor.
Hospital chiefs will be handed up to an extra £5billion a year for the next four years in a 70th birthday present for the health service.
AFP or licensors Theresa May will pump £20bn into the NHS after overruling Chancellor Philip Hammond
The first details of the package are expected to be announced on Sunday.
Insiders told The Sun that the £20billion will be paid for by a mixture of borrowing and higher taxes.
In 2020 the Treasury intends to freeze the tax thresholds on basic and higher tax rates – which means Brits pay more.
But the Government has ruled out introducing a new ‘hypothecated’ tax such as an extra 2p on National Insurance.
AFP or licensors Philip Hammond wanted to cap the health service’s cash injection to two per cent
The £5 billion a year adds up to an extra 3 to 4 per cent a year for the NHS.
It marks a compromise between the NHS – which demanded 5 per cent – and the Chancellor – who wanted to cap the extra cash at 2 per cent.
Speaking at conference Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said discussions over the final settlement were “difficult but ongoing”.
And he promised the health service will be asked to deliver “powerful” new targets as part of the cash bonanza.
Credit: Julian Claxton / Alamy Stock Photo Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the NHS would now be able to deliver ‘powerful’ targets
The extra cash will delight health chiefs but risk enraging over Cabinet Ministers who have been lobbying for more funding for months.
One Government insider said: “People are going to wonder why the NHS is getting special treatment when money is badly needed in areas like schools and prisons.”
Sources admitted that the funding package would mean there was “little left” for other departments such as Education or the Home Office.
And pay rises for public sector workers may now need to be funded through internal cuts rather than Treasury grants.
Alamy A Government insider questioned the wisdom of the PM’s decision, saying the cash should have gone towards schools or prisons instead