Boris Johnson, one of the two remaining candidates in the Conservative Party leadership contest, has said that he believes that the NHS needs both more money and also reform.
Speaking at a private Conservative Party event he said:
“The NHS needs more money but where you are absolutely right is that it needs reform.”
He added that the service was “not getting the kind of support and indeed the kind of changes and management that it needs”.
Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow Secretary of State for Health, said:
“These comments are alarming but unsurprising given the hard right agenda Johnson has been putting forward. His tax plans will benefit the richest, he’s the biggest defender of the bankers who crashed the economy, and he’s been buddying up with Trump to sell off our NHS to US corporations. His comments to Tory party members about his plans for the NHS need to be clarified immediately.”