Steve appears to have been sharper than me on this. I also received the UK Statistics Authority’s reply today (exact same wording). My response was:
“I note with concern that this means the Prime Minister expects to put nearly £10 billion into the NHS over the next two years, when in the last three he has taken nearly £1 billion away (and I am unsure whether that includes amounts exceeding £1 billion that the Treasury clawed back from NHS budgets over this period)!
“He will need to be monitored constantly and I trust the UK Statistics Authority will continue to do so. Failure to fulfil his promises – for whatever reason – will require a strong public rebuke, to match the amount of exposure he has given to his claim.”
Earlier this month, for two weeks in a row, David Cameron knowingly misled Parliament on NHS spending, claiming
The Government have put £12.7 billion extra into our NHS. That is how we are supporting carers and hospitals
I, and a number of SKWAWKBOX readers wrote to the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) to complain about this blatant lie. The UKSA told the government last year that its claims to have increased spending in real terms at all were incorrect and should no longer be used, so a sudden claim to put almost £13bn extra into the NHS cannot be construed as anything but knowingly misleading.
The UKSA today responded to my complaint. The authority’s reply clearly indicates that Cameron lied – yet fails to censure him or his government. Here’s the response:
Thank you for your email. The Statistics Authority understands that the figure of “£12.7 billion extra” expenditure quoted by…
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