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Burnham refuses to commit to £8bn NHS funding

by jamesbaker on 7 April, 2015

Liberal Democrat General Election Campaign Spokesperson Lord Scriven said:

“Once again Labour have failed to match the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to investing the £8bn extra the NHS says it needs to survive.

“Instead, Andy Burnham tries to pretend the Liberal Democrats haven’t set out how we will pay for the extra investment. Which we have, in full.

“Labour’s paltry offer for the NHS is just another example of their failure on healthcare. From over-generous GP contracts, £12bn wasted on a failed supercomputer, and PFI hospitals that saddle generations with debt – no one can trust Labour with the NHS.”

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NHS funding

Only the Liberal Democrats have committed to matching the £8bn of extra funding NHS England chief Simon Stevens say the health service needs. Neither Labour or the Tories have a credible response to the funding challenges that the NHS faces. Labour have pledged £2.5bn only to be fully introduced by the third year of the next parliament and have not committed to any additional real term increases beyond that, while the Conservatives have made no specific real terms funding commitments.

To achieve the increase in funding in the NHS by 2020/21, The Liberal Democrats will do three things:

  • The additional £1.7bn that the Liberal Democrats successfully secured in the Autumn Statement for 2015/16 will be maintained.
  • In addition to this funding, we will invest a further £1bn in real terms in 2016/17 (£250m of which we secured in this year’s budget). This will be paid for by restricting reliefs on Capital Gains Tax and scrapping the Conservative shares for rights scheme.
  • Once we have finished the job of tackling the deficit in 2017/18, we will increase health spending in line with growth in the economy.

Mental Health

As well as increasing NHS funding, the Liberal Democrats will also commission a non-partisan fundamental review of NHS and social care finances in 2015 before the next spending review, in order to assess the pressures on NHS budgets. We will focus extra funding on two key priorities that will help reduce cost pressures in other areas to help NHS funding remain sustainable. These priorities are:

1) Mental health. We want to end the discrimination against mental health and have pledged £500m extra a year to support this from 2015/16 onwards.

2) Prevention. Keeping people healthier for longer and supporting people to stay as healthy as possible and to receive care closer to home.

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