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Labour unveils 10 year plan to end “perilous” state of NHS

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h504 (Published 27 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h504
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The opposition Labour party has warned that the NHS faces “its most perilous moment” as the party unveiled its radical 10 year plan to fully integrate health and social care services in England.1

In a speech in Trafford, Greater Manchester, where the first NHS hospital was opened in 1948, Labour’s leader, Ed Miliband, warned that the NHS would be “unrecognisable” by the end of the next parliament if the current government’s programme of reorganisation and cuts continued.

Labour’s ambitious blueprint would “restore the right values to the NHS,” make new investments in staff, and integrate health and social care over the next decade, said Miliband. “One of our country’s most precious institutions faces its most perilous moment in a generation. The future of our NHS is at stake in this general election,” he said.

Unveiling further details in a speech at the think tank the King’s Fund, Labour’s shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham, insisted …

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