Today Labour is launching our NHS campaign week, warning that the NHS is on life support and that the Tories' double deceit means they will pull the plug on the NHS as we know it after the election.
Labour is unveiling a new poster and publishing a dossier which sets out how David Cameron is offering the British people a double deceit on NHS spending.
- The Tories' extreme spending plans, doubling the pace of cuts next year, will put the NHS at risk.
- Despite their promises, they cannot say where a penny of extra spending will come from.
The truth is that after five years of broken promises and a serious deterioration in services, the NHS as we know it cannot survive five more years of the Tories.
And we know what the Tory party would like to do given the chance - new research shows that over a quarter of Tory councillors support charging or further privatisation in the NHS. If the Tories were given the chance to carry on as they are, services would continue to decline and long waits will dramatically increase. On current trends by 2020 we will see:
- Over 20 million people waiting a week or more for a GP appointment
- Over two million a year waiting over four hours in A&E
Labour has set out a better plan to invest £2.5 billion extra each year - on top of Tory spending plans - paid for by a mansion tax on homes worth over £2 million, to fund 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs.