Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown contributions to the NHS Funding Act 2020

Mon 27th January 2020 NHS Funding Bill (Commons Chamber)
2nd reading: House of Commons
3 interactions (74 words)

NHS Funding Bill

(2nd reading: House of Commons)
(2nd reading: House of Commons)
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Excerpts
Monday 27th January 2020

(8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock - Hansard
27 Jan 2020, 5:05 p.m.

Yes, I am delighted to be able to assure my right hon. Friend that, on both counts, he is absolutely spot-on. This Bill makes it clear that we will be funding the NHS with its long-term plan and making this long-term commitment as a minimum. The election result put paid to the scaremongering put about by Opposition Members in relation to the NHS in trade deals, because the NHS is not on the table. When it comes to Harlow, my right hon. Friend and the people of Harlow well know that I am delivering: we will have a new hospital in Harlow.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Portrait Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) (Con) - Hansard
27 Jan 2020, 5:06 p.m.

On the same theme as that raised by my right hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon)—privatising the NHS—will the Secretary of State confirm that the disastrous private finance initiative deals done by the last Labour Government were not only the largest privatisations the NHS has ever seen, but that they cost various NHS trusts billions of pounds? Will we be reversing that, and will the money go into the local NHS trusts?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock - Hansard
27 Jan 2020, 5:06 p.m.

Yes and yes; my hon. Friend anticipates my whole section on Mr PFI sitting over on the Opposition Front Bench. During his time in the Treasury, the hon. Member for Leicester South, managed to sign off some of the worst PFI deals. [Interruption.] The hon. Gentleman sighs, but I do not think he understands the damage he has done.

This Bill confirms that spending on the NHS will rise from £115 billion last year to £121 billion this year, to £127 billion, then £133 billion, £140 billion and £148 billion in 2023-24.