Labour launches a week of intensive campaigning on the National Health Service today, declaring the NHS is on “life support” and that the Conservatives would “pull the plug”.
The NHS is on life support. Don’t let the Tories pull the plug… pic.twitter.com/Q26GK45Thq
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) April 19, 2015
On Monday Ed Miliband is expected to attack Prime Minister David Cameron, saying the Tory leader poses a “risk to the very fabric and foundation” of the NHS.
Labour says its £2.5bn spending plans – paid for through measures such as the mansion tax – are the only fully funded proposals for the NHS put forward so far. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats say they will find the £8bn health chiefs say is needed.
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But Labour will accuse the Tories of having an election day “expiry date” for their NHS promises, and will argue that the “NHS will be sunk by a toxic mix of cuts and privatisation”.
The Conservatives have hit back at Mr Miliband, accusing him of “desperate attempts to weaponise the NHS”.
A Conservative spokesman said: “His (Mr Miliband’s) credibility on health is in tatters because he refuses to fund the £8bn the NHS needs.
“By building a stronger economy, we have protected and improved the NHS with 9,500 more doctors, 6,900 more nurses, and 1.3 million more life-saving operations every year.
“There is only one threat to the future of our NHS and that is the economic chaos of an Ed Miliband-SNP government.”