The last Tory Government failed to support the NHS properly and now the Tories are refusing to commit to protecting and caring for our pensioners and those in need of support. We all love the NHS and admire and value its caring staff; the NHS has been there for many of us in times of need and it is sometimes all too easy to take its role in our lives for granted.
But our NHS is now under daily attack by the Tory squeeze on its finances. A squeeze that leads to a service cut here and an outsource to the private sector there - this is privatisation by stealth and it has to be stopped.
Tory cuts mean that in this area, and right across the country, the pressure on the NHS is increasing - not just in high profile places like A&E at the RBH, but also at your local GP surgery where waiting times for appointments are climbing. Cuts are affecting mental healthcare too with many mental health patients, especially young people, waiting months to access the treatment they need.
Labour will stop the stealth privatisation of the NHS, invest in the service and ensure that NHS staff are properly paid to help prevent the exodus of doctors and nurses from the service.
A Labour Government would also ensure that local and national government and the support services worked together on health and social care policy so that the sick and disabled, young and old can be cared for, and treated fairly thanks to a joined-up system of hospitals, care homes & care at home.
Click here to see the Healthcare section of our manifesto.