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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Miliband claims Tories planning 'biggest cuts in the world' that 'will put the NHS at risk'

Labour leader Ed Miliband will today accuse Tory leader David Cameron of practising “grand deception” on the British people by promising the good life while planning hard times with the biggest cuts anywhere in the developed world. He will warn that the extreme spending cuts confirmed in last month’s Budget will be:
  • Deeper in the next three years than the last five years
  • Double the pace next year than this year
  • Bigger than anywhere else among the world’s 33 advanced economies according to new figures from the IMF.

He will unveil four new posters highlighting key elements of Labour’s fully-funded plan to improve and save the NHS:
  • 20,000 more nurses.
  • 8,000 more GPs.
  • GP appointments within 48 hours.
  • Cancer tests within a week.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Mr Miliband said David Cameron’s claims that the worst of the cuts have already been made have already been shown to be untrue by the IFS and the Tory plan for a second term will put key public services, including our NHS, at risk. Labour claim the Tories are include:
  • Cuts to public services of three per cent of GDP until 2018, which is unprecedented in any three-year period for the UK since the post-war demobilisation.
  • In the ten similar episodes across OECD countries for which there is available data, public health spending fell by an average of one per cent of GDP – equivalent to a real terms cut of £7 billion to the NHS.
  • It would also mean the closure of 1,000 Sure Start centres, further cuts to education and 20,000 fewer police officers.
  •  All this is on top of billions of unfunded spending commitments made by the Conservative Party in recent weeks.

Later Mr Miliband will speak at a rally with NHS staff in Leeds, the culmination of a week-long campaign in which Mr Miliband has shown how only Labour has a rescue plan for the service this year because only Labour has a real plan funded with real money.

Ed Miliband is expected to say: "This General Election is coming down to a straight choice about who will stand up for working families: a choice between another five years of a recovery just reaching big firms in the City of London with the Tories - or Labour’s better plan to ensure the recovery reaches the front doors of working people across Britain. And, with two weeks to go, it’s time that choice was made plain and clear." 

Continuing his attack on the Tories, Mr Miliband is expected to say: "The Tories want to pretend that another five years of their failing plan is the route to the good life. But the truth is they are engaged in a grand deception. David Cameron is running a desperate campaign, talking about anything but their record of failure or their plans for the future. They might not want to talk it, but we will. The Tories are committed to the most extreme spending plans of any political party in generations. It is a plan so extreme that IMF figures show Britain would be facing the deepest cuts over the next three years of any advanced country in the world."

On Tory plans Mr Miliband is expected to say: "It is a plan so extreme that far from protecting the NHS they would end up cutting the NHS. It is a plan so extreme that it wouldn't mean three years of the good life, it would mean three years of hard times. Maybe not for some of the rich and powerful, who have done so well with the last five years of the Tories. But it would mean hard times for the working families of Britain, who put in the hours, pay their taxes and play their part. It would mean hard times for young people just starting out in life and wondering if they will ever be given a decent chance."

Turning to what the Labour leader sees as Tory broken promises, Mr Miliband is expected to say: "And it will mean hard times for the NHS that we all rely on. David Cameron has broken all those promises he made before the last election. He promised there would be no more top-down re-organisations and then wasted billions on the biggest the NHS has ever seen. He stood outside a hospital with a sign that said there would be no cuts and no closures – only to shut that very same A&E. He said there would be no return to people waiting hours on end in A&E. But under his government, A&E targets are in tatters and patients are waiting longer and longer to be seen. He promised extra money for frontline services like cancer treatment but ended up cutting cancer budgets."

"And now in this campaign, he’s at it again. After five years of failure, he wants us to believe the NHS is safe in his hands. He wants us to believe he’s going to increase funding for the NHS. When he can’t tell us where a single penny of the money is coming from. You can’t save the NHS with an IOU and you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS." Ed Miliband is expected to add.