The Tories still haven’t removed false claims on NHS spending from their website — at least 16 hours after being ordered to stop by the head of the UK Statistics Authority. Despite coverage in the mainstream press and on blogs, the site still reads:
In an embarrassing letter sent addressed to health secretary Jeremy Hunt, the UKSA chief said, at best, spending would have “changed very little” under this government. He went on to demand that the Health department “clarify the statements” about the dubious figures.
Wakey wakey, CCHQ.
UPDATE: Cameron continued the fibbing at PMQs:
“let me quote him directly the figures from the head of the Office of National Statistics, which is that in real terms spnding in 2010 was £104.2bn in real terms and in 2011 it was £104.3bn in real terms. That is a real terms increase …”
Cameron keeps citing “2010″. The 2010-11 NHS spending was lower than 2009-10. And 2011-12 was lower than both. And set by current gov.
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) December 5, 2012