Jeremy Hunt Has Admitted The NHS Needs More Money As It Faces ‘Very Challenging’ Winter Pressures

But he added: “The point here is that it isn’t just about money, it’s about standards and supporting doctors and nurses …There are of course financial pressures. But it is a mistake to say it’s only about more money.”

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth told HuffPost UK: “Jeremy Hunt has finally conceded the NHS is in need of more resources, as Labour has been calling for.

“On this we will hold him and Theresa May to account.”

Ashworth also seized on Hunt’s decision to dump the £10bn claim he has used in the past.

“ As I pointed out in the Commons, its not just Labour but independent experts who all agree the Tories haven’t put anything near an extra £10 billion into the NHS as they claim.

“Today on Marr Jeremy Hunt couldn’t even bring himself to defend the £10 billion claim. It’s now beyond any doubt the Tories have failed to give our NHS the money it asked for.”

Nuffield Trust Chief Executive Nigel Edwards has warned that with so many elderly people, 2016/7 could be “the toughest winter yet” in the NHS’s history.

Hunt said: “We always worry about winter in the NHS, it’s extremely tough.

“It would be wrong for any Health Secretary in run up to winter to say that everything is tickety boo. There are always unpredictable things that happen.”

He added that while doctors and nurses were ‘well prepared’, it could be difficult. “We will get through it. It will be very, very challenging”.

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