Fixing NHS waiting times could cost £40bn, leaked No 10 estimates show

Downing Street thinks spending can wait because public not ‘distressed’ about long delays yet, source says

Boris Johnson may have to spend up to £40bn to try to repair NHS waiting times and end the long delays being faced by patients, according to unpublished Downing Street estimates.

Calculations for No 10 drawn up by the Cabinet Office make clear that the prime minister may have to commit anywhere between £2bn and £10bn a year for up to four years, on top of core NHS funding, to tackle what is fast becoming a major political headache for the government.

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