Monday, 12 January 2015

Tory election launch ignores their NHS crisis

Labour Party: The Tories are launching their election campaign today - and the NHS isn't part of it.

Last week's A and E figures exposed the worst week the NHS has experienced in living memory, with record numbers waiting over four hours to be seen, and hospitals around the country declaring "major incident" status. With the NHS so important to everyone in this country, and the Tory NHS crisis worsening day after day, it's a staggering omission by David Cameron to fail to make the NHS one of his six election themes.

On the deficit David Cameron has broken his promise to balance the books because he has failed to deliver rising living standards for all. Working people are worse off under the Tories and that's why the tax revenues needed to get the deficit down have fallen short.

The Tories have abandoned the centre-ground with an extreme plan for even deeper spending cuts which would take public spending back to a share of national income last seen in the 1930s, when there was no NHS and children left school at 14.

Labour will cut the deficit every year and get the current budget into surplus and national debt falling as soon as possible in the next Parliament.

Our tough but balanced plan is different from the Tories' extreme and ideological approach. Alongside sensible spending cuts we will reverse David Cameron's tax cut for millionaires and tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

And we'll raise £2.5 billion for a Time to Care Fund for the NHS, funded by a mansion tax on homes worth over £2 million, by clamping down on tax avoidance schemes and by a new levy on tobacco companies.

That's the only way to balance the books in a fair way while protecting our NHS.