Extract from the Labour Party policy summary December 2014

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David Cameron promised that under the Tories there would be no topdown NHS reorganisation. He broke that promise. They have wasted £3 billion on an upheaval which puts profits before co-operation and patient care, and ties hospitals up in competition law.
This wasteful and chaotic reorganisation is having a knock-on effect on the thing that matters most: patient care. Waiting lists, already rising, look set to be pushed up even further as budgets are squeezed and more hospitals fall into deficit. There is a crisis in A&E, not just in winter but all year round. Vital treatments are being rationed, giving patients the choice of waiting longer or paying to go private. Millions of people can’t get a GP appointment when they need one.

LABOUR’S PLAN

The National Health Service is the Labour Party’s greatest achievement. We created it, we saved it, and we will always support it. Labour’s vision for our NHS will bring together physical health, mental health and social care into a single service to meet all of a person’s care needs, with a focus on prevention. It is a true One Nation vision: a health and care system shaped around people, not bureaucratic structures or markets.
We will protect and strengthen the NHS, even in an era when money is tight. We will repeal the Government’s Health and Social Care Act, ensuring an NHS based on collaboration and integration, not competition and fragmentation. We will strengthen the NHS for the future and ensure it has time to care with 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs by 2020, paid for by tackling tax avoidance and introducing a tax on properties worth over £2 million.

LABOUR WILL:
• Recruit 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs paid for by a tax on properties worth £2 million or more.
• Guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours – and on the same day for those who need it.
• Repeal the Tories’ Health and Social Care Act.
• Integrate health and social care services into a system of “whole-person care”.
• Give mental health the priority it deserves with a new right to access talking therapies enshrined in the NHS Constitution.
• Guarantee that patients will wait no longer than one week for vital cancer tests and results by 2020.
• Ensure that when changes are proposed to local hospital services patients and the public have a seat round the table from the very start, helping design and decide on plans for change.

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2 Comments

  1. George Nieman says:

    We all know that the aim of the Tory party is to privatise the NHS. We must make sure we have the Labour Party in power at the coming election to make sure our NHS remains for all time.

  2. What Labour are not telling you is the structure of the NHS they wish to provide. If they genuinely wanted to save the NHS they would fully embrace Dr Alyson Pollock’s Reinstatement Bill, which they clearly are not going to.

    The other small but important point is that the “Preferred Provider” means a continuation of the privatisation process.

    You really can’t trust Labour, they are Neo-Liberals just like the Tories.

    Replacing one set of Tories for another really is not progress.

    For those that think the private sector is efficient this document from the OECD taken in 2001 before New Labour introduced the private sector into the NHS, illustrates that as the most comprehensive, free system, it still came out the cheapest among all the leading industrial nations.

    What insane person would want to allow the worst in the world to lead us by the nose. No other health service in the world delivered the care we received under the real NHS at such low cost that will change if we let New Labour and the Tories have their way.

    We can afford our health service but Neo-Liberal politicians are lying to us.

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