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BLOG: Giving our NHS “Time to Care”

The Labour Party created the NHS and every time we’ve come into government we’ve fought to protect it from Tory neglect.

Toby Outside Big BenToday, one in four people wait a week or more for a GP appointment and we have seen the scandal of care visits restricted to just 15 minutes for the elderly. As with every Tory government, Cameron and Clegg’s ConDems have introduced privatisation into the health service and pushed it to breaking point.  UKIP’s solution is to complete the sell-off of the NHS and charge you to visit a GP.

Only Labour has a plan to rescue the NHS.  The next Labour government will create a new “Time to Care” fund worth £2.5bn to invest in the NHS.  This will pay for 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives by 2020.

This is a fully costed pledge, none of which will come from extra borrowing.  The £2.5bn will be raised by a tax on tobacco companies (this is based on an American system which has taxed the profits of big tobacco companies without adding to the cost of a packet of cigarettes); closing tax loopholes used by some firms to move profits out of the UK and avoid corporation tax; and making sure people who earn properties worth more than £2m finally pay their fair share.  We will also repeal the Tory privatisation of the NHS.

The choice is clear.  Only a vote for Labour in May will save the NHS by once again giving it time to care.

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