UK Politics

Prime Minister's Questions: Cameron and Miliband clash over NHS

David Cameron has clashed with Labour leader Ed Miliband over NHS spending in England during Prime Minister's Questions.

He told MPs there had been a "real-terms increase" under the coalition, and spending would go up in every year of this parliament.

But Mr Miliband said this was did not represent "reality" .

Both leaders congratulated the Duchess of Cambridge on the news that she is expecting her first child.

The UK Statistics Authority has upheld a complaint by Labour about government claims the NHS budget had increased in real-terms in the past two years.

The coalition disputes the findings.

In lively exchanges, Mr Miliband said Labour had "left a rising health budget and this government cut it".

He also said: "The Conservative Party manifesto published in April 2010 said 'We will increase health spending in real terms every year'.

"But the head of the Statistics Authority says clearly and unequivocally that hasn't happened."

But Mr Cameron insisted: "This government is putting £12.6bn extra into the NHS."

He said his opposite number's comments were misleading, accusing him of scoring "an own-goal".

The prime minister was appearing ahead of Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement.

With this in mind, Mr Miliband said: "The deficit is going up, not down."

But Mr Cameron replied: "He's 100% wrong. We are increasing spending on the NHS, and we are cutting the deficit."