To tackle the Tory NHS crisis, Ed Miliband is today setting out an NHS Rescue Plan for Labour’s first 100 days in office.
Labour's plan includes:
Getting significant resources into the NHS immediately this year by including a mansion tax on properties over £2m, action on tax avoidance and a tobacco levy in our first Budget.
Immediate action to tackle the Tory nursing crisis with an emergency recruitment drive in May to get 1,000 extra nurses into training this year
This is part of Labour’s fully-funded plan to raise £2.5bn – over and above Tory plans – to invest in the NHS and recruit 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs.
This is in clear contrast to the Tories, who caused this NHS crisis in the first place.
In the last 12 months, over a million people have waited more than four hours in A&E.
One in four patients now wait a week or more for a GP appointment, or don’t get one at all.
More than half of nurses say their ward is dangerously understaffed and new figures today show one third of NHS Trusts were investigated last year over safe staffing.
Now David Cameron is offering the British people a double deceit on NHS spending. The Tories' extreme spending plans – doubling the pace of cuts next year – will put the NHS at risk. And despite their promises, they cannot say where a penny of extra spending will come from. The Tories have cut nurse training in this Parliament by 8,000 places and only this weekend we learned that far from increasing nurse numbers they have plans to cut 2,000 nurses after the election.