1000 more nurses recruited;
Repeal of Health and Social care Act;
Mansion tax and tobacco levy to immediately raise £1.2 billion for NHS;
More trained 111 staff;
GPs in all A and E depts;
High risk patients supported at home
These are Labour’s plans for its first 100 days, its first budget – tackling NHS crisis from day 1.
All of us have our personal reasons to be thankful for our NHS — whether NHS doctors saved the life of a loved one, or an NHS nurse took care of our elderly parents and grandparents, or an NHS midwife welcomed our children into the world.
It is one of our country’s very proudest achievements and the envy of the world. But today it is facing one of the greatest threats since its foundation.
Our health service has been going backwards under this government. Two-thirds of nurses say patients are now missing out on care because there just aren’t enough nurses on the wards.
Patients have been stuck outside hospitals in ambulances because their A&E is full. Seriously ill people are waiting for treatment lying on trolleys in corridors for hours.
None of this happened by accident. It happened as a direct result of choices this government has made — a government that has opened the door to a creeping privatisation of our NHS.
It now falls to us to rescue our NHS from David Cameron and his government. If the Conservatives are returned to power for another five years, the NHS will not get the money it needs and will face a rising tide of privatisation.
Our health service desperately needs a better plan — one that puts the right values back at its heart: care, compassion and co-operation; not competition, fragmentation and privatisation.
Labour is the only party whose plans are both fully funded and based on the principle that those with the broadest shoulders should bear the greatest burden.
If Labour wins this election, we will start getting these extra resources into the NHS immediately:
On our first day in office, Labour ministers will instruct officials to write to colleges and universities, and call on them to reopen admissions for highly-oversubscribed nursing courses this year.
– And we’ll take further action to get more nurses on the wards straight away, we’ll persuade nurses to stay in practice and to return to practice.
We will begin immediate planning to avoid an A&E crisis for the coming winter.
– Improving GP access and ensuring there are GPs in all A&Es.
– Increasing the numbers of clinically-trained NHS staff on the 111 phoneline.
And we’ll take action to tackle the increasing scandal of ‘delayed discharges’, where patients end up stuck in hospital when they could be being looked after at home.
– Getting councils, the NHS and charities working together identifying people at highest risk of hospital admission this winter so they can get the support they need to keep them healthy at home.
– Tackling the £300 million scandal of vulnerable people being kept in hospital this year because they cannot get the care they need to be discharged.
We will repeal the Tories’ Health and Social Care Act within the first 100 days of a Labour government.
– Introducing a Bill repealing the market framework of the Heath & Social Care Act to stop trusts being further destabilised or needlessly wasting resources because of compulsory competition laws.
We will immediately bring a Mansion Tax and tobacco levy into effect in the very first year in order to raise new revenue in 2015/16 and to deliver the full £2.5 billion a year from 2016/17.
— enabling us to train and hire thousands more doctors, nurses, care-workers and midwives;
— 1000 more immediately,
– 20,000 extra nurses, 8,000 more doctors, 5,000 more care-workers and 3,000 more midwives by 2020
We will immediately halt the cost and chaos of privatisation in our National Health Service;
We will immediately cap the profits private companies can make from private care;
By saving resources on privatisation and competition, and hiring more nurses, more doctors, and more care workers, we will end the scandal of patients having to wait hours to be seen in A&E, days for a GP appointment and weeks for vital test results.
Labour’s commitment to the NHS is part of who we are.
The Tories voted against it at the outset – they’ve never really believed in it.
You can trust the party that created that NHS to preserve the NHS.
NHS is on the ballot paper on May 7.
Make sure you remember that.
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