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General election live: Ed Davey, Wes Streeting, Mark Harper and ap Iorwerth face Kuenssberg questions

General election live: Ed Davey, Wes Streeting, Mark Harper and ap Iorwerth face Kuenssberg questions

General election live: Ed Davey, Wes Streeting, Mark Harper and ap Iorwerth face Kuenssberg questions

It was interesting that Wes Streeting pointedly said in that interview that Labour’s manifesto was “not a spending review”, suggesting that there could be more money available for the NHS if Labor won the next election.

He was responding to criticism from the Nuffield Trust, a health think tank, saying all major parties needed to set out more credible plans for NHS spending.

The Labor Party has said £2bn of additional funding each year would go towards tackling waiting lists and extra dental appointments, paid for by closing tax loopholes.

But Nuffield and others, including the Institute for Fiscal Studies, have said plans by both Labor and the Conservatives to increase the number of doctors and nurses and build more hospitals in England would “almost certainly” require much more money.

Health is a devolved power but, under Barnett’s funding formula, any extra money for the NHS in England would also have to be reflected in similar payments to the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.