Make the NHS the issue of next year’s election

24 Septembe 2014 — 38 Degrees

We know NHS finances are in crisis. From hospitals to GP surgeries, mental health services to cancer wards, our services are suffering from trying to provide the same level of care with less money in real terms. [1] The NHS needs more funding to survive.

The political party leaders are starting to make their election promises. Over 90,000 of us signed the petition calling on Ed Miliband – the leader of the Labour Party – to commit to more NHS funding. [2] And 38 Degrees members gathered outside the Labour Party conference earlier this week to make sure the NHS was at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Our pressure is working. Yesterday, Ed Miliband promised to increase NHS funding if Labour win next year’s general election. [3] The NHS is fast becoming the election issue.

Now it’s time to focus on the other parties and make sure they also commit to increasing NHS funding. They’ll make their election promises in the next few days. So let’s show them that UK voters want the NHS to come first.

Should we campaign to get Cameron and Clegg to pledge to increase NHS funding?

Yes – we should No – we shouldn’t

It’s been an amazing few weeks for 38 Degrees members fighting for our NHS. Hundreds of us joined the People’s March for the NHS between Jarrow and London to protest at the way our NHS is being torn apart. [4] Hundreds more were inside the NHS England AGM holding bosses to account. [5]

So let’s carry on the fight for our NHS. The Conservative Party conference is next week and the Lib Dems’ is not long after – this is where party leaders make speeches that set out their plans for the General Election.

Together, we’re making sure politicians are in no doubt about just how much we love our NHS – and what they need to do to protect it.

Thanks for being involved,

Nat, James, Bryony, Amy, Maddy and the 38 Degrees team

PS: Ed Miliband also promised Labour would repeal the Health & Social Care Act – the law which makes NHS privatisation much easier – and pledged to stop wasteful spending. [6] Hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees members campaigned against this law. [7] If Labour win the election, we won’t let them forget this promise that could help save our NHS.

NOTES:
[1] The Guardian: NHS faces mounting financial crisis as deficit heads towards £1bn:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/15/nhs-financial-crisis-deficit-1bn-hospitals
[2] 38 Degrees petition: Ed Miliband: Commit to increase NHS funding:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/ed-miliband-commit-to-increase-nhs-funding#petition
[3] The Guardian: Ed Miliband promises £2.5bn ‘time to care’ fund to transform NHS:
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/sep/23/ed-miliband-promises-time-care-fund-transform-nhs
[4] 38 Degrees blog: The People’s March for the NHS:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/09/01/the-peoples-march-for-the-nhs/
[5] 38 Degrees blog: Hundreds descend on NHS England meeting:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/09/23/hundreds-nhs-agm/
[6] The Guardian: Ed Miliband promises £2.5bn ‘time to care’ fund to transform NHS:
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/sep/23/ed-miliband-promises-time-care-fund-transform-nhs
[7] 38 Degrees blog: NHS: A round up of what we did and what it means:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2012/03/21/nhs-roundup

 


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