The NHS is one of Labour’s greatest achievements.
But under the Tories it’s in crisis.
Take a journey through the recent history of the NHS to see how Labour will do things differently.
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Labour created the NHS in 1948 to provide free health care for everyone, whenever they need it. It quickly became a cherished national institution, and is treasured to this day.
But during the 1980s and early 1990s, the Tories deprived the NHS of funding and care. By the time the Tories left office, the NHS was on its knees.
After Labour’s historic victory in 1997, we gave the NHS the care and attention it urgently needed. Between 1997 and 2010, Labour brought the NHS back from the brink.
We delivered the biggest hospital building programme in history, and opened 100 new walk-in centres and 750 new primary care centres, offering multiple health care services under one roof.
By 2010, three million more operations were carried out each year than in 1997.
Labour funded 89,000 more nurses and 44,000 more doctors – raising the standards of care and driving down waiting times.
Cancer care was dramatically improved, with the premature mortality rate at its lowest rate on record.
Waiting lists fell by over 500,000 and by 2010 waiting times were at their lowest level since records began.
In 2010 when the Tories came into government, they promised to protect the NHS. But they broke that promise. Under them the NHS has fallen into crisis. Care has worsened and the service is under pressure like never before.
Waiting times have soared. Last year 1.8 million people waited four hours or more in A&E and around 3.6 million people in England are stuck waiting for important treatment.
Hospitals in England ended last year £2.45 billion in deficit. That’s the worst on record.
And social care has been plunged into crisis, as the Tories cut £4.6 billion from social care budgets.
But it doesn’t need to be this way. Labour saved the NHS once, and we’ll do it again. That’s what you’re voting for on 8 June. Here’s what we will do.
Labour will always give the NHS the funding it needs. We’ll ensure everyone is cared for from hospital to home, with a properly integrated health and social care service. And we will ensure mental health is given the same priority as physical health.
Labour will scrap the pay cap for NHS staff, so they are paid what they deserve. We’ll bring back bursaries which the Tories scrapped. And we’ll enshrine safe staffing levels into law, so finance will never be put above patient safety. We will also immediately halt Tory plans to close hospitals.