27 April 2015 - Labour still refusing to commit extra money to the NHS

With the Labour Party making the NHS the centre of its election campaign, you might be surprised to hear that they are still refusing to commit the extra £8bn the NHS says it needs. Labour is the only main party which has not signed up to the five-year plan, drawn up by the NHS England chief executive, Simon Stevens. The party instead favours just £2.5bn from its "time to care" fund.

The Liberal Democrats have come up with a plan about how to raise the necessary £8bn, which includes changes to capital gains tax which will affect the richest. The Conservative Party has not said how it will raise the £8billion it is promising, which makes it a hollow promise as it is likely the money would come from cuts elsewhere in the care budget - just robbing Peter to give to Paul.

Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate Dr Mark Wright said, "Labour's refusal to commit to the full £8billion stems from the large number of spending promises it has made over the last 5 years to various interest groups. These promises - many of them populist, un-targeted and designed to create headlines over the years - have left the Labour Party with such a big black hole in its spending plans it cannot commit money now to the one service that needs it the most: the NHS. But the Lib Dems can and have."

More information about the £8billion for the NHS, here.