他說，與財政部長進行了 "大量的討論"，並補充說，他在10號文件和財政部擔任過部長職務，可以為這個角色帶來的一個好處是 "非常善於理解如何最好地說明 "健康問題。
At a conference of NHS managers, he denied reports at the weekend he had suggested the NHS did not need any more funding than already planned.
"That is completely incorrect," he said. "The good thing about this is colleagues in the room will be able to see tomorrow.
"I can assure you that the Treasury wouldn't allocate any money to the department if the department said it didn't need it, given the fiscal situation."
He said there had been a "lot of discussion" with the Chancellor, adding one of the things he could bring to this role having held ministerial positions in Number 10 and the Treasury was being "very good at understanding how best to make the case" for health.
And he went on to urge delegates to judge him on the results of Thursday's announcement, saying they should see whether "it is true or not that we don't get a penny and I've not asked for a penny".
But he once again re-iterated his stance that the 17% pay rise the Royal College of Nursing had asked for was unaffordable, saying it would take money away from other parts of the NHS.
The money was announced in September, but there had been growing concerns among health managers that the funding had not yet reached the frontline.