ConDem coalition ministers were left feeling a bit out of sorts today when their claims to have increased NHS spending were 'corrected' by officials. The UK Statistics Authority confirmed that best-available Treasury data actually showed a real-terms reduction in 2011-12 compared with 2009-10.
The Beeb mentions that a report from the body to health secretary Jeremy Hunt concluded that real-term expenditure had "changed little over this period" and asked the Department of Health to clarify its earlier statements of improved spending.
It was left to a departmental spokesman to argue the toss about decimal places and percentage points as no-one from the ministerial team was available for comment. Sickening ain’t it?