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Revealed: Tory threat to the NHS in the South East

Labour is today unveiling the true threat to NHS service standards posed by five more years of the Tories.

Launching Labour’s NHS Week with a new poster, Ed Balls, Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall will warn that the NHS as we know it will not survive another five years of the Tories.

Labour is also publishing analysis which shows that, if the Tories were given the chance to carry on as they are, services would continue to decline dramatically.

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And Labour will warn that Conservative plans to double the pace of spending cuts next year would put our NHS at risk.

On current trends, five more years of the Tories would mean that by 2020 we will see:

• 1.5 million hospital bed days lost every year to delayed discharges.
• Over 100,000 operations cancelled a year.
• 600,000 people a year waiting longer than four hours on trolleys in A&E.
• Over 20 million people waiting a week or more for a GP appointment.
• Over two million a year waiting over four hours in A&E.
• Almost four million people on the waiting list.

Labour will also show how David Cameron's record of broken promises since 2010 has left the NHS on life support and that the Tories' promises on NHS funding, GP access and privatisation cannot be trusted.

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, Andrew Pakes said:
“Under the Tories, funding for essential NHS services is failing to keep up with demand in the South East.

“Having grown up in Milton Keynes, I have never known NHS services under such pressure in the area as they faced under the Tory government. In my constituency, there are already 489 more people on NHS waiting lists in Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust compared to May 2010.

“The shocking new figures unveiled today show that the NHS will suffer further if the Tories were to stay in power for five more years.

“The hard-working NHS staff I meet are all doing a great job, but due to the severe lack of necessary recourses they are having to work around-the-clock, under immense pressure. The NHS simply can’t survive another five years of the Tories’ failing plan.

“Patients and NHS staff deserve a better plan. Labour's pledge for a Time To Care Fund for our NHS would mean 2,900 more nurses and 1,400 more GPs in the South East. We will also guarantee that you can get a GP appointment within 48 hours – and on the same day for those who need it.”

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