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Over £400MILLION a day will go to NHS & social care after PM’s tax hit on workers

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HEALTH bosses will be spending £453million every day by next year — amid growing fears the NHS will swallow up all of the cash from the PM’s tax raid.

Experts said the Department of Health and Social Care is set to splash out 40 per cent of all government day-to-day spending from 2022.

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A staggering 40 per cent of all government day to day spending will go on the health service after Boris Johnson’s tax raid on workers[/caption]

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At a meeting with wavering Tory MPs, Health Secretary Sajid Javid is understood to have told them he will hold the health chiefs feet to the fire – watching out for ‘waste and wokery’[/caption]

The stark sums were laid bare as Tory MPs finally broke cover to slam the PM for throwing “money down a bottomless pit” to bankroll the ever-expanding health budget.

And a flood of policy experts and politicians warned there is a big danger the NHS will gobble up all of the £12billion a year raised by the National Insurance hike – leaving nothing for social care.

However the National Insurance raid sailed through the House of Commons after a slew of potential rebels abstained rather than vote against the Government.

But in angry Commons scenes former Minister Steve Baker dubbed the move “socialist” and close Boris Johnson pal Jake Berry declared it was a “Trojan Horse” for ever higher NHS spending.

The leader of the powerful backbench bloc of Northern MPs demanded answers on how waiting lists will be grappled, adding: “Show us the plan – we cannot measure the NHS by what goes into it, we have to measure it by what comes out.”

And he warned the new cash would not even go toward social care, branding the levy a “’Trojan horse for an NHS tax” that will only ever grow.

Tory MPs are worried that by the time the NHS backlog is cleared, the 12 billion a year earmarked for social care will be impossible to claw back from greedy NHS beancounters.

One ex-Cabinet Minister told The Sun last night: “It’s a f***ing suicide pact, whatever we raise it to it will never be enough. I hate it.”


Party grandee Sir Roger Gale added: “I don’t like the fact that it’s three years upfront for the National Health Service, and then the money will be transferred across to care. Are you seriously going to say that having given billions to the National Health Service, we’re then going to take those billions away and give them to social care and not expect everybody to say you’re cutting the health service funding? It’s not going to work like that.”

Ex-Deputy PM Damian Green chimed in: “I may be unduly cynical, but I cannot envisage the circumstances in which those at the top of the NHS will agree to shaving some of their own spending so that a higher proportion of the Levy can be diverted into care.”

Another Tory MP said: “The NHS bill always needs more, it is hard to see how this does anything other than kick that golden can down the road.”

But the PM last night insisted he would not let the NHS swallow up all the cash – but was unable to say when the backlog would be cleared and the money will revert to elderly care and he could not promise people would not have to still sell their homes to pay for social care.

He told the BBC: “We don’t know the rate at which people are going to come back” to seek missed treatments and ops.

At a meeting with wavering Tory MPs, Health Secretary Sajid Javid is understood to have told them he will hold the health chiefs feet to the fire vowing: “With the NHS we have to be watchful for waste and wokery that we just cannot accept.”

His comments came after NHS bosses published new adverts for 42 new chiefs on six-figure salaries – days after a fresh push for a slew of diversity tsars.

Mr Javid moved to soothe worries, adding: “Colleagues will rightly think ‘hold on a minute we understand why the NHS needs more resources to tackle that backlog, we get it. But how do we make sure the NHS will not just gobble up that cash and is just going to go on to new fat salaries and it doesn’t actually go to the frontline in leading to new checks, scans and treatments?’

“That is absolutely the right question to ask because that’s been the question on my mind all along…. how we can make the NHS more efficient and focus on what people would naturally expect of it.”

But the Resolution Foundation think-tank revealed spending on the health service has massively ballooned over the past 15 years.

It has rocketed from 28 per cent of all day to day public spending in 2005 to a whopping 40 per cent in 2022/3.

Out of a total daily spending budget of £408.4bn next year, the department is expected to get £164.8bn, the think-tank said.

This amounts to a staggering £452.75m a day.

Separate analysis by the King’s Fund think tank suggests the department will get £153.7bn next year, and that £142.8bn of this will be gobbled up by the NHS.

The Resolution Foundation said the tax bomb was billed as a way to fix social care but “should really be seen as principally about raising funds for NHS spending”. It said the country is heading for an “ever more NHS dominated state”.

Number crunchers at the hugely respected Institute for Fiscal Studies echoed the warning.

The think-tank said: “The experience of the past 40 years shows that NHS spending plans are almost always topped up.

“If history repeats itself, the ‘temporary’ increases in NHS funding announced this week could end up permanently swallowing up the money raised by the tax rise, leaving little available for social care.”

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Politicians warned there is a big danger the NHS will gobble up all of the £12billion a year raised by the National Insurance hike – leaving nothing for social care[/caption]

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