Labour has announced a New Deal for the NHS, with a pledge to take one million people off the waiting list 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 the NHS waiting list 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.
Under the Tories, the NHS and social care have been pushed into a state of emergency, with soaring waiting lists and hospitals in financial crisis. You can’t trust the Tories with our NHS.Labour founded the NHS and we will restore it to good health.
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.
Our NHS needs a Labour government that will stand up for the many, not the few
The Tories don’t stand up for working people
Working people £2,300 worse off under Theresa May’s watered down National Living Wage
The Tories are today claiming that they will ‘continue increasing the National Living Wage’. However, hidden in the small print of their press release they let it slip that they are planning to water down the existing National Living Wage.
This change would leave the average full-time worker on the National Living Wage £2,283 worse off by 2020.
Earlier in the Parliament, George Osborne announced that the Tories’ so-called National Living Wage (NLW) was to hit £9 per hour by 2020. To get here the Tories promised that it would reach the level equivalent to “over 60 per cent of median hourly earnings” by 2020.
Today, they’ve broken this promise and changed their commitment to increasing the National Living Wage only “in line with median incomes”.
This means that the National Living Wage will be £8.20 in 2020 as opposed to the promise of £9 per hour under Osborne.
In contrast, Labour is committed to a Real Living Wage of £10 per hour by 2020.
Labour will stand up for working people and build a fairer economy for the future that works for the many, not the few.