Monday, 9 February 2015


Last week's A&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 was a staggering omission by David Cameron this week to fail to make the NHS as one of his six election themes.  


Labour will put health and the NHS at the heart of our election campaign because it’s the right thing to do.


Our new approach to public health, launched this week, forms part of a wider plan to improve health and ensure the NHS remains affordable and sustainable in the century of the ageing society.


The plans include new pledges to take tougher action to protect children from commercial pressures and the harm caused by alcohol, sugar and smoke and includes a renewed focus on personal responsibility.


Alongside our fully funded plan to raise £2.5 billion for a Time to Care Fund for the NHS, it underlines Labour’s commitment to making sure the next generation is healthier than the last and that we have an NHS we can all rely on.


David Cameron does have a plan for the NHS but it is not one that will reassure people who are worried about getting care now or keeping the NHS safe for the next generation.


It is 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.


That is not the sort of future I want to see.


Labour has set out a new plan for Britain's future, a plan that works for ordinary families, rewarding the hard work they do and saving the NHS they rely on.