THE future of the NHS is at stake in this General Election, Labour's Angela Rayner has warned.
The choice is between more Tory cuts and privatisation - or an end to privatisation and more doctors and nurses with Labour.
The future of the NHS is now central to Labour's General Election campaign.
Labour has pledged a "double lock" to safeguard the future of the NHS.
1. Put the right values back at the heart of the NHS. Scrap the Tory market so fewer private contracts are awarded and patients are always put before profit.
This includes plans to:
- Impose a profit cap when private companies provide NHS services.
- Stop private companies cherry-picking only easy cases.
- End contracts if companies are not delivering.
- Scrap David Cameron’s top-down re-organisation of the NHS that forces services to be privatised and broken up - make the NHS the preferred provider of all services.
2. Invest an extra £2.5 billion to give staff time to care.
- Raise £2.5 billion a year for the NHS through a mansion tax on properties over £2 million, tackling tax avoidance and a levy on the tobacco companies.
- Pay for 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 new homecare workers and 3,000 more midwives.
- Join up services from home to hospital.
- Guarantee no-one waits more than a week for vital cancer tests
- Guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours - or on the same day if you need it.
Angela Rayner said: "I know how much the NHS means to all of us - and putting the future of the service at the centre of Labour's election campaign underlines our commitment to a publicly funded service, free at the point of need.
"We are saying 'no' to more privatisation and 'no' to profits before patient care.
"Labour will restore the NHS as a free public service, with values based on care and need - not money-making for private companies.
"And I am particularly delighted that, only with Labour, the NHS will be the 'preferred provider' for all health care services.
"We have firmly turned our back on the failed experiments of the past and will restore our NHS as our most prized public service."