Downing Street has contradicted the Prime Minister's claim over the £1.8bn NHS cash boost

Boris Johnson has been accused of “misleading the public” for describing his £1.8 billion cash injection for the NHS as “new money”.

Some 20 hospitals will benefit from an £850 million upgrade programme under the funding plan. The rest of the money will go towards new infrastructure and equipment.

In an interview with the BBC, the Prime Minister said the £1.8 billion is “new money”. A spokesperson for Downing Street has since clarified that £1 billion of the funding is not actually new, with the other £800 million yet to be accounted for.

Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has accused the Prime Minister of “misleading the public”.

Ashworth says the funding had already been allocated to hospitals but was blocked by ministers. He also said the NHS was facing a £6 billion “repair backlog”.