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Saving NHS No 1 Priority – Labour pledge £6bn

Labour will use an increase in tax on the 5 per cent highest earners – those earning over £80,000 per year – to fund a step-change improvement in our National Health Service.

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Labour candidate Sandy Martin at Ipswich Hospital A&E

It was the Labour Party which introduced our National Health Service in 1946 – in the teeth of Conservative opposition – and it was the Labour Government which rescued it in 1997 from the fragile state it had been reduced to by Tory cuts.

With an additional £6 billion per year (0.3% of GDP) – Labour will be able to:

  • Get 1 million extra people treated and off the waiting lists
  • Guarantee a maximum 4-hour wait at A&E
  • Deliver a proper Cancer Strategy, helping 2.5 million sufferers
  • Halt the cuts to GPs surgeries, and Pharmacies, and Ambulance services
  • Introduce specialised care plans for everyone with a long-term condition, such as Diabetes
  • Make all hospital parking free for patients, visitors and staff.
  • Have a long-term properly-funded training plan for doctors and nurses, so we can train enough of our young people for the NHS of the future.

Sandy says: “Britain has the fifth-largest economy in the world, and it is ridiculous to suggest that we cannot fund our NHS properly. Almost all the recent improvements to our NHS in Ipswich – such as the new Garrett Anderson A&E, and the Riverside medical centre – were introduced by the last Labour Government.  We need to take the next step to improve our health and give everyone access to the best treatment, but we can’t do that unless we reverse the Tory cuts.”

Vote for Sandy Martin on June 8th to reverse the cuts and invest in a first-class NHS.

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