Wales politics

Theresa May's Welsh NHS cuts remark 'offensive' says Labour

Theresa May
Image caption Theresa May held her last Prime Minister's Questions before June's general election

Labour has angrily rejected claims by the prime minister that the Welsh NHS has seen cuts under its stewardship.

Theresa May made the comments in the House of Commons.

But a Labour spokesman said that was "offensive" and said it had made investment in the face of "savage cuts".

The Welsh NHS budget was cut in real terms between 2009 and 2013, according to the Nuffield Trust, but has since seen cash injections.

Labour said HM Treasury figures show spending on health in Wales is 1% higher than that in England.

The party leads the Welsh Government, based in Cardiff.

Mrs May, speaking in the last Prime Minister's Questions before the general election, said: "In Wales Labour has been cutting the health budget."

She had told Jeremy Corbyn: "There is somewhere that the NHS has been cut, and that is in Wales under the Labour Party."

A Welsh Labour spokesman said the fact that a Welsh Labour Government "has made such investment in the NHS in the face of such savage cuts from successive Tory governments makes her claims more offensive still".

"The message is clear - you simply can't believe a word that the Tories say about Wales," he added.

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