Today: Labour will deliver a “double lock” to safeguard the NHS
At the launch of Labour's General Election campaign, Ed Miliband is today announcing plans for a "double lock" to safeguard the future of the NHS, including a new profit cap to ensure patients are always put before profits.
Labour's "double lock" will safeguard and improve the NHS:
- Right values: repealing David Cameron's NHS market free for all and guaranteeing that patients are always put first with a new profit cap.
- Extra investment: 20,000 nurses and 8,000 GPs with the time to care, funded by £2.5 billion over and above any Tory plans from the mansion tax, tobacco levy and tackling tax avoidance.
In this election we're the optimists and the Tories are the pessimists.
Yesterday David Cameron said food banks were soaring because they have been advertised more effectively and that the explosion of zero hours contracts was because people really want them.
He is just utterly out of touch with the British people. As Ed Miliband's clear win last night showed, Britain can do better than this.
The election is a choice between two different visions of our country.
A Tory vision that says Britain succeeds when only a few at the top do well, with tax cuts for the very wealthiest and public services cut back to the bone. Or a Labour vision based on the idea that Britain only succeeds when working people succeed.
- Labour will repeal David Cameron's NHS market to stop the drive to privatisation. Under Labour the NHS will be the preferred provider. And where private companies are involved in providing NHS services, we will impose a cap on any profits they make from the NHS to prevent excessive profit-making and ensure patients get put first.
- There is a limited role for independent sector organisations in providing services where there are gaps in delivery or the NHS can't provide a particular service, but that must be to support the NHS - not, as the Tories want, to break it up.
- And on those occasions where private companies are involved in providing NHS services, there must be clear safeguards to put patients before profits.
- So Labour will impose a cap on the profits that private companies can make from the NHS when they provide NHS services. The standard rule will be a 5% cap, which commissioners will be able to vary in certain circumstances. This will help ensure resources are spent on patient care rather than going on profits. It will help ensure the NHS remains sustainable at a time when it's under huge financial pressure, and will remove incentives to cut care quality in order to increase financial returns.
Labour has set out a better plan for Britain's future, a plan that works for working families, rewarding the hard work they do and saving the NHS they rely on.
The Tories can't build a better future for working people because they stand up only for a privileged few. With the NHS going backwards and a recovery which works just for a few, working families can't afford five more years of David Cameron.
You can't trust Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats. They broke their promises and have been too weak to stand up to the Tories.
UKIP can't stand for working people: they're more Tory than the Tories, a party made up of Tory people, promoting Tory policies, bankrolled by Tory donors.