“We’re upgrading 20 hospitals and building 40 new ones. And you are going to say, oh, well, it’s only six. Actually, that’s not true”

Boris Johnson interview, The Andrew Marr Show

December 1, 2019

Claim

Boris Johnson insisted to Andrew Marr that the Conservatives were building 40 new hospitals. He went on to clarify his claim by saying “We are putting in the seed money for 40 new hospitals”, and that due to “decisions taken by this government” there will be 40 more hospitals in “10 years time.”

Facts

Johnson here clarifies for the first time that he has only pledged seed money for the majority of the 40 hospitals. 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.” 

Verdict

Even with his further clarifications, Johnson’s claims that the Conservatives are building 40 new hospitals remains an outrageous lie.

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