Forty new hospitals will not be built as a result of decisions taken by the Conservative party. Numerous fact-checking organisations have rebutted this claim. Under current plans, only six hospitals will be upgraded (not built from scratch) in the five years of a Tory government. As Full Fact noted: “the government has committed the money to upgrade six hospitals by 2025. Up to 38 other hospitals have received money to plan for building work between 2025 and 2030, but not to actually begin any work.”
Boris Johnson is referring to Tory pledges to provide up to 40 hospitals with seed money for building plans where building would not begin until at least 2025. This is not the same as a guarantee that “40 new hospitals will be built.” Boris Johnson was misleading listeners.