Labour’s plans for the NHS
Andy Burnham has been making announcements about what he would do if he was in charge of the NHS. A big part of his policy is about bringing health
and social care together and there is quite a lot about children, mental health and chronic conditions. And giving patients more rights. You can read his Ten Year Plan
*The Government’s record on health:*
· England’s GP to Patient ratio has worsened by 4% as population
increases and unfilled GP vacancies grow
· GPs spend cash more efficiently than any other part of the NHS. It
is sheer folly that the Tories have delivered a real terms funding cut of
£987m to GPs
· 4 million A&E patients have been keep waiting more than 4 hours
under the Tories since Cameron became PM, a near tripling on a weekly basis
· The number of emergency operations cancelled for a second time has
climbed 42% in the most recent year compared to 2010-11.
· 3.2million patients are currently languishing on NHS Waiting Lists
for treatment. This year’s figures are the highest in at least 6 years
· There are almost 137,900 Zero Hours Contracts in the Health &
Social Care Sector. These contracts have more than tripled (up 270%) since
· Jeremy Hunt has subjected the majority of NHS Nurses to a real
terms pay cut over 4 years. Nurses’ pay has declined £2,000 in real terms.
It is unacceptable that bankers’ pay now grows six times faster than nurses
· Private Firms have been invited to bid for NHS contracts with a
value of more than £16bn. On average, these firms say they will make a
profit of between 5-8%.
· 33%, 56% or 70% of NHS Contracts tendered are now being won by the
private sector depending on which data you read
· Private Patient Income at NHS Trusts has grown by 12% (£50m) from
2010-2013. We have no official data thereafter but some Trusts have
reported an increase of up to 40% from PPI.
· In 2009-10 the NHS spent £1.1bn Agency Staff. That has risen to
£3.2bn for 2011-12, £3.9bn for 2012-13 and £2.9bn for 2013-14
· In 2009-10 £13m was spent by the NHS on redundancy pay-outs. That
figure jumped to £211m in 2010-11 and £426m in 2011-2 It was £444m in
2012-3 and a further £196m in 2013-14
· ¼ of NHS Trusts are now in deficit. 44 new trusts moved into
deficit in 2013-14. The total deficit for NHS Trust more than doubled from
£297m to £743m in 2013-4
· 1,876 Mental Illness Beds have been axed in little since Q1 2010.
At least 7 mental health patients have taken their own lives as a result
· There has been a 311,000 cut in the number of adults in receipt of
Social Care since 2010
· Elderly users of Social Care are paying £588 more for care than
they were in 2010. Some outlets argue the rise has been even higher at
· Social Care funding for nursing homes, residential care and
community care has been cut by £160m, £331 and £559 respectively from 2010
to 2013. Further cuts are still to come
· In 2014, 42% of Maternity Units shut their doors to the public at
least once. This is an increase from 28% in 2012
We want to see a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in
the hands of the many not the few and where the rights we enjoy reflect the
duties we owe.
Labour’s long-term goal is to break the link between a person’s social
class and their health. We will work across government, using the power and
influence of all government departments and agencies, to achieve this.
Ed Miliband launched Labour’s NHS pledge, promising to build an NHS with
the time to care: 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs. Join up services
from home to hospital, guaranteeing GP appointments within 48 hours and
cancer tests within one week.
Labour’s 10-year plan for the NHS is a blueprint to raise standards of care
and ensure the health service is sustainable in the 21st century. Invest
in staff so the NHS has time to care:
– Integrate care from home to hospital
– Give patients new rights to access care
– End the neglect of mental health
– Prevent ill-health
– Restore the right values to the NHS
Andy Burnham laid out more details of Labour’s plans for the NHS:
– Labour’s plan to integrate services from home to hospital will help
end 15-minute care slots through new year-of-care budgets, incentivising
providers to improve social care and prevent vulnerable patients falling
ill or injuring themselves.
– The next Labour Government will create a new arm of the NHS: 5,000
homecare workers within the NHS to help those with the greatest needs,
including the terminally ill so they can stay with their family at the end
of life, and those who are leaving hospital who need extra help if they are
to move back into their homes.
– All vulnerable older people will be offered a safety check to identify
risks to their health like cold homes, loneliness and the likelihood of
them falling, so that problems can be tackled and they avoid unnecessary
Labour rescued the NHS after years of Tory neglect before. We’ll do it
– Create a £2.5 billion a year NHS Time to Care Fund to support 20,000
more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more home care workers and 3,000 more
midwives – funded by a mansion tax on homes worth £2 million or more, by
ensuring that tax avoiders play by the rules and by a levy on tobacco
– Guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours, and the same day for those
who need it.
– Guarantee a maximum one-week wait for cancer tests.
– Repeal David Cameron’s NHS changes that put private profit before
patients, so that NHS professionals can focus on your care, not competition
– Give patients and the public a say when changes to local services are
– Bring together physical health, mental health and social care into a
single service to meet all of a person’s care needs – whole person care,
built around patients.
· Pursue improvements to food labelling to help people better
understand what they are eating, including working at EU level to introduce
mandatory traffic light labelling of packaged food.
· Regulate for a maximum level of fat, salt and sugar in food
marketed substantially to children
· Place the promotion of physical activity at the centre of public
*· **Reduce inequalities in the early development of physical and
emotional health, and cognitive, linguistic, and social skills.*
*· **Ensure high quality maternity services, parenting programmes,
childcare and early years education to meet need across the social
· *Build the resilience and well-being of young children across the
· Freedom Of Information to extend to all contracts, including
· Health agencies will play an active role in community development
· Ensure that when changes are proposed to local hospital services
patients and the public have a seat round the table from the very start,
helping design and decide on plans for change
· Train, recruit and pay new staff through a ‘Time to Care’ fund,
including 5,000 new homecare workers in the NHS to support people to stay
in their home.
• Create greater rights to care at home.
• Work with local authorities and care providers to end time limited
• Tackle the exploitation of care workers, so that travel between
appointments is not an excuse for paying below the minimum wage and ban
exploitative zero hour contracts.