• Prime minister says funding increases expected to improve A&E, waiting times, cancer survival rates and mental health
  • Simon Stevens supports the settlement and will now lead work on a “ten year plan”
  • May says new money should not be “wasted” on bureaucracy like previous increases

The prime minister has said NHS England will be tasked to draw up a “ten year plan” to make improvements to key services with the extra funding announced today by the government.

Theresa May said the real terms increases to NHS England’s commissioning budget will be expected to lead to improvements in emergency services, waiting times, cancer survival rates and mental health services.

In a pre-recorded interview broadcast on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One this morning, the prime minister said there would be average real terms increases of 3.4 per cent over the next five years.

She said: “Simon Stevens who heads NHS England supports this and he will now be working with the clinicians, with doctors, with people in the NHS to put together details of this ten year plan.

“I don’t think it’s right for me as a politician to say ‘well you’ve got to do this by this point’ and so forth. I think what we need is the doctors, the staff in the NHS, to come together and put that ten year plan in place.”

Ms May said the government is also committed to supporting social care services, and work on a green paper is ongoing

On the additional NHS funding, she added: “We need to make sure that money is spent wisely, that it isn’t wasted and it isn’t just used up on bureaucracy. I want that money to be spent in the interests of patients….

“Under Tony Blair there was a point where he put a lot of extra money into the NHS. Nearly half of that was not actually spent on patient care…we need to make sure the money we put in is delivering for patients.”

In terms of funding the uplifts, she said it would be paid for through a “Brexit dividend… the fact that we’re no longer sending vast amounts of money to the EU”, while “we as a country will be contributing a bit more”.