Boris Johnson promises £1.8bn to boost the NHS

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But experts say money may not cover his earlier pledge to improve 20 hospitals

Boris Johnson is to inject £1.8bn into the NHS as part of his pledge to upgrade 20 hospitals across the country, it has emerged.

The new prime minister has used a boost in health funding as part of an attempt to build a domestic agenda beyond Brexit, with his team well aware that they could be forced into an election this year. But experts have already warned that the fund may not be enough even to cover the upgrades Johnson has already promised.

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