Labour is today announcing a New Deal for NHS, with a pledge to take millions of people off waiting lists and fix England’s broken A&Es with essential additional funding and tough new targets.
Where the Tories have failed to deliver, Labour will:
- Give the NHS an an extra £37 billion over the course of the next Parliament, including £10 billion of capital funding to make sure that NHS buildings and IT systems are fit for the modern day.
- Take one million people off NHS waiting lists by the end of the Parliament, by guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks.
- Guarantee patients can be seen in A&E within four hours.
- Create a new £500 million winter pressures fund to help ensure patients never have to experience a winter crisis like the one of recent months.
- Deliver the Cancer Strategy for England in full by 2020, helping 2.5 million people living with cancer.
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the Royal College of Nurses Conference, said:
“This is about having a health service for the many. In the past seven years the Tories have driven our National Health Service into crisis.
“A&E departments are struggling to cope. Waiting lists are soaring and, and as we saw last week, Tory cuts have exposed patient services to cyberattack.
“Imagine what would happen to the NHS if the Conservatives under Theresa May were to have another five years in power. It would be unrecognisable: a national health service in name, cut back, broken up and plundered by private corporations.
“Only Labour will put the NHS back on its feet. Today we are pledging an extra £37 billion over the course of the next Parliament, including £10 billion of capital funding to make sure that NHS buildings and IT systems are fit for the modern day.
“That investment will mean the NHS will be able to guarantee treatment within 18 weeks and ensure those needing A&E services are seen within four hours.
“You can’t trust the Tories with our NHS. Labour founded the NHS and we will restore it to good health.”
Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“Ahead of the NHS’s 70th Birthday Labour is promising to give the NHS the resources it needs to deliver the best possible service for patients right across the country. NHS staff and patients have been let down by the Tories for too long.
“Clinicians, experts and patients have all been calling for a significant cash boost to the NHS. We’ve listened to those calls and we agree.
“In return for this investment, we’re demanding the NHS deliver a ‘New Deal for Patients’ and ensure one million people come off the NHS waiting list, that a million more patients are seen within four hours in A&E each year, and that the NHS and community services work hard to tackled delayed discharge.
“We will also bring forward £10 billion of capital investment to upgrade IT systems, prioritise the cyber security of the networks and renew crumbling hospitals.
“The choice in this election is now clear. Investment in the NHS under Labour or NHS cuts under the Tories. Labour will rebuild the NHS for the 21st Century, giving patients the modern, well-resourced services they need both in and out of hospital.”