The Labour Party has launched its 2019 election manifesto, with the slogan It’s Time For Real Change. It sets out the policies the party aims to introduce should it win the election.The full document runs to 105 pages. But what are the promises that will grab the public’s attention, and potentially win over voters on polling day, 12 December?1. Increase health budget by 4.3%The party also wants to cut private provision in the NHS.The 4.3% per year rise is at the top end of what health think tanks and analysts have been calling for. Labour would also have to find money to cover revenue lost from its pledges to scrap prescription, basic dentistry and hospital car parking charges. A key section covers Labour’s plan to cut private provision in the NHS, which currently accounts for about 7% of the health budget in England. This would clearly involve outsourced contracts, for example for physiotherapy and community health. But will NHS hospitals suddenly see their waiting lists balloon as a result of operations outsourced to private hospitals being brought back into the public sector? And are these pledges longer-term aspirations or shorter-term priorities? Healthcare is devolved so these policies would apply to… Read full this story
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