Wednesday, 27 March 2013

This week’s Budget was bad news for anyone who values our NHS

George Osborne clawed back £2.2 billion from the Department of Health – money that’s desperately needed on the NHS front line. But instead of spending the money on frontline care, this cash is going back to the Treasury to be used to fund their millionaires’ tax cut.

The NHS has confirmed that over 800 nursing jobs were lost in the last month alone – taking the total to nearly 5,000 since David Cameron and George Osborne entered Downing Street. The independent care regulator, the Care Quality Commissioner, has warned that one in ten hospitals is understaffed. Cameron and Osborne can’t justify continuing to neglect our NHS and the people that work to make it possible.

But while Cameron and Osborne are handing out P45s to nurses, they will also be handing a tax cut to millionaires. On April 6th, 13,000 millionaires will get a tax cut worth an average £100,000 each, all while hundreds of hard working nurses are losing their jobs.

Cameron and Osborne need to get their priorities straight. They need to keep their promises to protect the NHS and scrap their unfair tax cut for millionaires.