RCGP chair says Brexiters must 'deliver or resign' over £350m NHS pledge

Pro-Brexit MPs who pledged to claw back £350m a week from the EU and spend it on the NHS must commit to delivering on the promise or resign, the RCGP chair has warned.

RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker hit out over the NHS spending claim as MPs who supported it were warned they would be held to account.

House of Commons health select committee chair Dr Sarah Wollaston, who abandoned the leave campaign ahead of the referendum in protest at 'shameful' claims on NHS funding also warned on Twitter that 'leave' campaigners who form part of a post-referendum government will be asked when and how they plan to honour the £350m pledge.

Health minister Alistair Burt backed her calls, warning there would be 'a queue' of people demanding answers.

Meanwhile, speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show on Sunday, Brexit campaigner and senior Conservative Iain Duncan Smith said it was a decision for the government. He said 'a significant amount' of funding previously given to the EU could top up NHS funding, but admitted 'it was never the total' £350m that would go to the health service.

Critics have said that posters used by the 'leave' campaign suggest the full amount would go to the NHS.

Fallout from the EU referendum result has left not just the Conservative party, but also Labour in disarray as senior members of the shadow cabinet - including shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander - quit over the weekend.

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