Our NHS has been driven into year-round crisis by nearly a decade of Tory underfunding. Yesterday Labour pledged to end the Tory NHS crisis with a £26 billion real terms healthcare funding boost to provide safe quality care, recruit the thousands of staff needed, rebuild crumbling facilities and provide modern state of the art equipment.
As part of our NHS Rescue Plan, we will:
• Increase the total Department of Health and Social Care budget to £178bn in 2023-24 – an average annual increase of 4.3%;
• Increase the NHS England resource budget to restore constitutional standards on waiting times and access, including ensuring 95 per cent of patients are treated within 18 weeks, improve A&E performance and radically improve cancer survival rates;
• Guarantee a greater priority for mental health and wellbeing than ever before with an extra £1.6 billion NHS spending per year to fund counselling services;
• Introduce free prescriptions and car parking;
• Increase NHS capital budgets by £15 billion to rebuild NHS hospitals and community facilities and clear the maintenance backlog;
• Invest an extra £2.5 billion to overhaul the primary care estate so that GPs can deliver better local care in their communities;
• Expand GP training places to 5,000 to create 27 million more appointments with family doctors.