When I talk to my constituents about the major issues that concern them the NHS comes up time and time again. And quite rightly so. The NHS is going backwards under the Tories. The concern for our NHS is a reflection of how valued it is and how much people rely on its services.
The Labour Party are the party to stand up for the NHS and to demonstrate this we have recently announced NHS pledges including a commitment to raise an extra £2.5 billion a year for the NHS through a Mansion Tax on the highest-value properties over £2million, tackling tax avoidance and a new levy on tobacco companies. Something that David Cameron has failed to deliver a promise on when challenged by Ed Miliband recently.
This money will create a NHS with time to care with 8,000 more doctors, 20,000 more nurses, 5,000 more home care workers and 3,000 more midwives.
Another important commitment that we have made is that because we do not feel that NHS patients should wait for more than a week for cancer tests and results we will ensure that by 2020 that this is the case and that the wait is no longer than this time period. The cancer test guarantee will be made possible by £750 million of new investment over five years, raised through a new levy on tobacco firms.
Labour want to make sure that our NHS can meet the challenges of the modern world. We have also promised that people will have access to a GP appointment within 48 hours, or on the same day for those who need it. As well as these pledges I also strongly endorse Labour’s vision for whole person care which would encompass a person’s mental health, physical health and social care so that all the needs of the person are being met in a single service.
I believe in the core values that our health service was built upon and whilst we have challenges to meet within the NHS I can promise that Labour will focus on putting right and rescuing the NHS where the Government has failed it.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News