A major NHS review shows that Tory spending plans for the NHS would leave a large funding gap and would not be enough to prevent an NHS crisis in the next Parliament.
Labour has made a commitment to raise an extra £2.5 billion a year for the NHS through a Mansion Tax on the highest-value properties over £2 million, tackling tax avoidance and a new levy on tobacco companies.
The review, led by Simon Stevens, the new chief executive of NHS England, endorses key planks of Labour’s NHS plan, including:
- a shift towards a preventative NHS with mental health care at the centre;
- a stronger focus on public health and tackling lifestyle-related diseases;
- full integration of NHS and social care and a greater role for Health and Well-being Boards;
- better access to primary care through recruiting more GPs;
- faster access to cancer tests;
- new rights and support for carers.
This report lays bare the inadequacy of Tory funding plans for the NHS which, if left unchanged, will trigger an NHS crisis in the next Parliament.
David Cameron’s decisions will leave patients facing even longer waits and raise the spectre that a re-elected Tory government would have to introduce rationing, cuts and charges.
Labour’s plans would see 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives employed to help deliver our integrated, whole-person care approach.
We will begin by repealing the Tory Act that has put competition and privatisation before co-operation and integration.
That is why I am backing my colleague Clive Efford’s Private Members Bill on November 21 that would repeal existing government regulations and free the NHS from the morass of competition law that has been introduced by the current government. It would also help restore the right values to the NHS, putting patients’ needs before profits.
Our aim is full integration of health and social care with more support provided in the home that will deliver a NHS that serves the patient and is fit for the 21st century.