Dr Mark Porter, of the British Medical Association (BMA), also blasted the Government for the “deliberate creation of a long-term black hole in the NHS finances” after failing to announce a “Brexit bonus” in its latest budget.
Speaking about the Leave campaign bus, which had the words “we send the EU £350million a week, let’s fund our NHS instead” emblazoned across it, he insisted the public had been misled.
Dr Porter told Express.co.uk: “I was on record before the referendum vote saying that the £350m-a-week promise was basically made-up and couldn’t be delivered and what we’ve seen since is that it was made up and couldn’t be delivered.
“We’ve seen that the Government has gone through a budget since then, when if there was going to be a Brexit bonus, that would have been the time to announce it.
Dr Mark Porter blasted the Leave campaign over its NHS "promise"
What we have at the moment is the deliberate creation of a long term black hole in the NHS finances
Dr Mark Porter
“That would have been the time to say ‘don’t worry your public services are safe’ and yet the Government hasn’t changed policy towards public services in any way whatsoever following the announcement of Brexit.”
He said insisted the NHS would not be able to save billions by making “further efficiencies”, claiming it was “probably the single most efficient health service on the entire planet”.
Dr Porter said: “What we have at the moment is the deliberate creation of a long-term black hole in the NHS finances that the Government says must only be filled by the use of further efficiencies.
“And I need to remind you of course, that the NHS is probably the single most efficient health service on the entire planet as measured by any of the international comparisons that are often used across health services.
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“Yes there are always things that can be made more efficient on the day but the thought that we can recoup more than £20billion of revenue expenditure by making efficiencies in departments here and hospitals there and GPs surgeries there was fanciful when it was first written down and nothing that’s happened since then persuades me that it’s possible to fill the big black hole in NHS finances in that way.”
He said a Government focus on emergency department targets had led to standards “slipping” elsewhere.
“We’re already seeing a slipping in standards under the reduction in resources going into the NHS as the only way to cope with that,” he said.
“Now would that have happened had there actually been a Brexit bonus? I don’t know, I don’t think so.”