Labour is launching its pivotal election pledge on the NHS on Tuesday, promising 36,000 more staff and the repeal of privatisation laws. It also promises to end the culture of 15-minute visits by care workers by recruiting an extra 5,000 of them and changing the incentive structure. Labour said the number of days that patients were left in hospital beds because they could not be discharged was at a record high; in the past year, more than a million days were lost, adding £278m to the NHS bill. Ed Miliband will make the pledge in Trafford, Manchester, the site of the first NHS hospital as a new BBC poll by Populus shows the NHS is seen as the single most important issue for the electorate in terms of subjects they want covered in the news, slightly different from asking what is the most important issue in determining someone’s vote. The Labour leader will say there is no country that runs a world-class national healthcare service with public spending as low as a proportion of GDP as proposed in 2019-20 by the government in the autumn statement. He will claim: “One of the country’s most precious institutions faces its most perilous… Read full this story
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