The Labour Party’s greatest achievement was creating the National Health Service- providing universal healthcare for all on the basis of need, free at the point of use. This was accomplished at a time of national bankruptcy, at the end of WW2 and our plans for the future are just as ambitious.
The Tories have caused chaos in A&E, waiting times are increasing and targets on patient delivery are not being met. This is all due to government underinvestment.
I’m proud to have helped deliver the new Royal London Hospital whilst in government and I’ve been proud to work with local organisations and the wider community to deliver new local GP practices or health services and protect them when they have come under threat.
After 18 years of a Conservative government from 1979 to 1997, the NHS was on its knees. The Labour government from 1997 invested in health, doctors, nurses, supports staff and hospitals and rebuilt our NHS. We got close to abolishing waiting lists.
Now, Labour has committed to over £30 billion in extra funding over the next Parliament through increasing income tax for the highest 5% of earners and by increasing tax on private medical insurance, and we’ll free up resources by halving the fees paid to management consultants.
We’re guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks, taking 1 million people off NHS waiting lists by the end of the next Parliament. We’ve also pledged that patients will be seen within 4 hours in A&E and will properly resource GP and local services. We also plan to address the scandal of slowing ambulance response times.
To guarantee the best possible services for patients, Labour will invest in our health and care workforce. We’ve promised to scrap the NHS pay cap, put pay decisions back into the hands of the independent pay review body and give our NHS workers the pay they deserve.
We’ll immediately guarantee the rights of EU staff working in our health and care services and a Labour government will make it an aggravated criminal offence to attack NHS staff.
Labour has pledged to tackle the growing and unaddressed mental health problem in Britain. 1 in 4 people suffer from mental health problems each year yet spending on mental health has decreased since 2010 and we now have 6,600 less mental health nurses. We will give mental health the same priority as physical health, ring-fence its budget and bring an end to the neglect of children’s mental health services.
You can read our full manifesto for health here.
The Tories have proven once again they can’t be trusted with our NHS. On 8 June, vote Labour to invest in our NHS and allow staff to deliver modern, well-resourced services and care patients deserve.
The Labour Party’s greatest achievement was creating the National Health Service- providing universal healthcare for all on the basis of need, free at the point of use. This was accomplished...