The type of announcement made on the eve of an election, it smacks of Mrs May trying to shore up her faltering leadership before another series of knife-edge votes in the House of Commons on Brexit as rival Leave and Remain factions pull the PM in all directions.
Yet, if this is a sincere attempt to put health funding on a longer-term footing, the Prime Minister still needs to set out greater detail about the funding implications for taxpayers and how the NHS will dovetail with social care in future. However it’s also significant that Mrs May says the money is, in part, Britain’s Brexit dividend. After all, the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU, and its economic ramifications, are still unclear. Furthermore, farmers could be left out of pocket if funds paid by the Government to the EU are directly switched to the NHS on the scale.
This is cash which can’t be spent twice, further perpetuating belief that it is Mrs May who is now in possession of Labour’s once fabled magic money tree.