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Vox Political: Milliband’s 10 Point Plan to Strengthen the NHS

January 27, 2015


Milburn vs Miliband: The Scowl of the past vs the promise of the future

Mike over at Vox Political has published a piece reporting on Miliband’s 10 point plan to improve and expand the NHS. Entitled Will voters support Labour’s vision for the NHS?, it describes the Labour leader’s speech today at Trafford, near the very first NHS hospital founded in 1948. Miliband stated that his ‘central idea is this: that we must both invest in the NHS so it has time to care and join up services at every stage from home to hospital, so you can get the care you need, where you need it.

“We will… train and hire more doctors, nurses, care-workers and midwives – so that they all have the one thing that patients need most: an NHS with time to care.

Miliband then went on to promise that Labour would hire 5,000 more care workers, 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs. He also pledged that Labour would guarantee a doctor’s appointment within 48 hours and cancer tests within a week.

Cameron apparently didn’t say anything. It was left to the former Health Minister under Tony Blair, Alan Milburn, to do it for him. He claimed on the BBC’s World at One that Labour was badly prepared to carry out these plans, and that they would lead to electoral defeat like that of 1992. Milburn was notorious under Blair for promoting the creeping privatisation of the NHS and the public sector generally. Mike suggests that in Milburn’s case, it looks like a bit of entryism. Just like extremist parties try to infiltrate more respectable, moderate parties, so in Milburn’s case he looks like a Tory, who has somehow found his way into Labour.

Blair and Brown’s privatisation of the NHS and their introduction of the Work Capability Test and Atos were a disgrace. Miliband hasn’t promised to end the Work Capability Test, but his policies today do indicate that he is serious about reversing the damage done to the NHS. For that reason he deserves our support.