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Johnson’s Party Faces Probe Into Hospital Vow as Scandals Mount

  • National Audit Office to look into party’s manifesto pledges
  • Investigation set to put Downing Street further onto back foot
Boris Johnson 

Boris Johnson 

Photographer: Daniel Leal/AFP/Getty Images

The U.K. government’s official spending watchdog is planning an investigation into Boris Johnson’s election promises to build 40 new hospitals, an unexpected probe set to add to the litany of troubles surrounding the prime minister.

The National Audit Office sent a letter to Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, saying it will conduct a “value for money review” into the program, a key part of the Conservative Party’s manifesto for its victorious 2019 election campaign.