New Labour’s Andy Burnham appears to be referring to a different NHS from the one that concerns the NHS Confederation:
The health service will face the most severe and sustained financial shortfall in its history after 2011, a report by NHS managers warns.
The NHS Confederation report says the health service in England will not survive unchanged, the BBC has learned.
Managers at its conference will be told they face an “extremely challenging” financial outlook.
Health Secretary Andy Burnham said NHS funding had tripled since 1997, putting it on a strong financial footing.