Boris Johnson’s £1.8bn NHS pledge dismissed as inadequate by Labour

Opposition says health service needs extra £6bn to redress years of budget cuts

A pledge by Boris Johnson to spend an extra £1.8bn on NHS infrastructure and equipment has been dismissed by Labour as an inadequate response to years of under-investment.

The shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, said the NHS needed an extra £6bn to address the backlog of repairs generated by successive cuts to health investment budgets made over many years.

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