THE Prime Minister's launch of the 10-year plan for the NHS in England at a hospital rebuilt with the help of EU cash was "beyond parody", said Labour MP Luciana Berger.

Theresa May told an audience at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool that the scheme to transform patient care - which health chiefs say could save up to 500,000 lives - was affordable in part because the UK would no longer be sending "vast annual sums" to Brussels after it leaves the European Union.

The Institute in the Park research centre, where she gave a speech which heralded the document, was built partly with cash from the European Regional Development Fund.

Wavertree MP Ms Berger, a supporter of the People's Vote campaign for a second EU referendum, said Alder Hey was one of 18 British hospitals over the past 10 years to receive financing from the European Investment Bank, with £56 million going towards its reconstruction in 2013.

She said: "It is beyond parody that the Prime Minister has the audacity to claim that Brexit benefits our NHS, standing in a hospital that was built using over £50 million of financing available to the UK because of our EU membership.

"Access to this funding is vital. NHS trusts across the country rely on European investment in order to build the health facilities we need. The Government willingly cutting off access to this - especially with absolutely no plan for how to replicate it - amounts to a dereliction of duty.

"This is further proof that Brexit means less money for our NHS, not more. The fibs people were told during the referendum in 2016 are proven wrong every day. This is why we need a People's Vote."

Researchers from the Best for Britain campaign for a second referendum and Tech for UK said 114 doctors, nurses and health visitors at Alder Hey are EU nationals, with 13% of the hospital's doctors coming from the EU.

The Labour MP for Wirral South, Alison McGovern, a backer of Best for Britain, said: "As May parades her NHS 10-year plan at Alder Hey Hospital, our health service is facing the greatest threat to its existence.

"World-class children's hospitals like Alder Hey are held together by the dedication and expertise of EU staff, who we cannot afford to lose due to Brexit.

"Nobody voted for Brexit to harm the NHS, but we're now seeing an exodus of EU staff, the drying up of drug supplies, and less funding for an already struggling NHS.

"Our health service is at its most fragile right now, and so we cannot let a harmful Brexit cause more pain than it already has. That's why the public need the final say over Brexit, with the option to compare the benefits of current arrangements with the EU to the miserable deal being offered by this Government."