With polls opening in less than 24 hours, Labour is promising to breathe life back into the NHS after years of the Tories starving it of funds, running down our health workers and opening the door to full-scale privatisation.
Since 2016, almost two million people have waited longer than four hours in A&E, almost 450,000 have waited longer than four hours on trolleys and nearly 70,000 more people on waiting lists. Labour offers a plan to support our NHS, with a manifesto ensuring additional funding for the NHS.
The Conservatives have spent the last seven years running down our NHS, our proudest national institution. Our NHS cannot afford five more years of underfunding, understaffing and privatisation.
Labour will restore the NHS to be the envy of the world by:
- giving the NHS an extra £37 billion over the course of the next Parliament, including £10 billion of capital funding for NHS buildings and IT systems.
- taking one million people off NHS waiting lists by the end of the Parliament, by guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks.
- guaranteeing patients can be seen in A&E within four hours.
- creating a new £500 million Winter Pressures Fund to help ensure patients never have to experience a winter crisis like the one of recent months.
- scrapping the public sector pay cap that has cut nurses’ pay by 14% in real terms since 2010, forcing some to need food banks to get by.
Cllr Stephen Morgan, Labour’s candidate for Portsmouth South, said:
“Labour will give our NHS the resources it needs to deliver the best possible care for patients, and end the attacks on our hardworking health workers, who care for us all.
In recent years we have already seen cuts to our NHS, our schools, our police and our social care services. This can’t go on. The Tory manifesto is a plan for five more years of cuts to services according to the IFS. We can’t allow this to happen.
Tomorrow on polling day we have the chance to change course and save our NHS, schools, social care and police services by electing me your MP in Portsmouth South.
I’ll always work hard to ensure investment in our city and to transform Britain for the many, not the few.”