Scandal of £15M taxpayers’ cash WASTED in anti-smoking classes in CORRUPT countries : Express

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A FRESH foreign aid row erupted yesterday after it emerged that Britain was paying for anti-smoking classes in some of world’s most corrupt countries.

In a move branded “astonishing”, the Department of Health is giving £15million in taxpayers’ money to a host of regimes with appalling human rights records. Critics said taxpayers’ cash was being “handed out like confetti” at a time the NHS faced the worst funding crisis in its history.

The money will go to countries where political unrest is rife as part of the foreign aid budget.

Those set to receive the antismoking cash include Cambodia, Chad, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Jordan, Madagascar, Myanmar [Burma], Nepal, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Cabo Verde, Sri Lanka and Zambia.

It comes just weeks after it was revealed the NHS had suffered its worst winter on record.

The scheme sparked fury with Ukip leader Paul Nuttall saying: “Our NHS needs a…

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