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BMA Welcomes Labour Investment Pledge

The British Medical Association (BMA) welcomed the announcement made by the labour government to increase NHS funding by £37bn over the next parliament as part of a 'new deal' for the health service.

On 15th May, the party's leader Jeremy Corbyn made the announcement in a speech at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) annual conference in Liverpool. Mr Corbyn set out NHS pledges to tackle winter pressures, cut waiting times, boost cancer care and deliver capital investment.

Here are listed the Labour NHS proposals pledge:

  • £37bn additional NHS funding in the next parliament, including £10 billion of capital funding to ensure that NHS buildings and IT systems are fit for the modern day.
  • Make sure that patients are seen within four hours in A&E.
  • Guarantee treatment within 18 weeks to take '1m people off NHS waiting lists'.
  • By 2020 deliver the Cancer Strategy for England in full.
  • Create a new £500m winter pressures fund

Labour said the increased funding for the health service would be paid for by a 5 per cent tax on private medical insurance and by cutting costly management consultancy fees in the National Health Service (NHS).

Jonathan Ashworth, Labour shadow health secretary said that the Labour is promising to give the NHS the resources it needs to deliver the best possible service for patients right across the country. Medical Professionals, experts and patients have been calling for a significant cash rise to the NHS.

The chief executive of the King’s Fund, Chris Ham said that they welcome the pledge to additional funding for the NHS and social care, which will go some way to addressing the pressures facing the NHS and reversing the decline in social care services for elder people and people with disabilities.

Dr Mark Porter, the chair of BMA said that the NHS is chronically underfunded and understaffed, so the promise of extra investment is desperately needed. The funding gap in the NHS have a harmful effect on patients who are facing unacceptably long delays in care, and staff who are working under difficult conditions in an NHS at breaking point.

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