The Prime Minister claimed the health service funding depends on a strong economy, insisting Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party would not be able to fulfil that need.
During a General Election campaign speech in Middlesborough broadcast on Sky News, Mrs May responded to Channel 4 veteran Michael Crick’s challenge on providing the necessary funds.
She said: “You ask about extra funding being put into the NHS. Let’s just look at the record of our funding for the NHS. We have shown that with the growth of the economy we are able to ensure we are putting that extra money into the NHS.
Theresa May told reporters that Jeremy Corbyn could not be trusted with the economy.
“You’ve been at one or two of my speeches now Michael, you would have heard me make the point in those and on a number of other occasions that funding the NHS depends on having a strong economy to generate those funds – and that’s a fundamental difference between us.”
When the journalist once again challenged her funding plans if the economy falters, Mrs May hit back: “Well, people should vote Conservative to make sure the economy doesn’t go downhill.”
The PM extolled the virtues of Brexit to renew Britain’s economic standing in the world.
"The promise of Brexit is great – the opportunities before us enormous," she said.
"I believe in the British people; I believe that with determination, ingenuity and common sense, we can use this moment of great national change to shape a better future for Britain."
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Her speech today marks a distinct switch in tone for the Tory campaign following criticism that the party's message has been excessively negative and gloomy.
Mrs May said: “And in one week’s time, they have the opportunity to affirm that decision and secure that brighter future by voting for me to continue as Prime Minister.
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“If they do, I am confident that we can fulfil the promise of Brexit together and build a Britain that is stronger, fairer and even more prosperous than it is today."
She added: “But I want to do more than that. I want us to work together to fulfil the promise of Brexit too.
“Because if we get Brexit right, then together we can do great things.
"We can build a Britain beyond Brexit that is stronger, fairer and more prosperous than it is today; a Britain beyond Brexit that is more global and outward-looking; a Britain alive with possibilities, more confident in itself, more united and more secure.
“If we get Brexit right, we can be a confident, self-governing country once again, a country that takes the decisions that matter to Britain here in Britain.”