Statistics published this week reveal the damage the Tories and Lib Dems have done to our NHS with the worst ever performance for A&E waiting and waiting lists for routine surgery now at 4.4million.
Our local NHS staff at King’s College Hospital and across Dulwich and West Norwood work incredibly hard every day to provide the vital care we all rely on, but they have been consistently let down by this Government, cutting budgets and increasing privatisation. King's now faces the worst financial crisis of any NHS hospital trust in the country, with more than half a billion pounds of debt. The Prime Minister’s recent announcement of paltry additional funding for the NHS is simply not enough to reverse the impact of a decade of austerity. Our NHS and its staff deserve better.
The Labour Party has announced a rescue package to protect our NHS for future generations. Labour would invest £40 billion to recruit 5,000 more GPs and 28,000 extra nurses, midwives and health visitors to end the long delays to appointments and treatments. We would rebuild crumbling hospitals and ensure that everyone has access to modern equipment to improve cancer care. Labour would invest in mental health care and put this on a parity of esteem with physical health services.