Jon Trickett: This week the Tories failed the NHS yet again – Labour will always give healthcare the money it needs
The NHS has become emblematic of the choices facing Britain. And with their failure to provide the NHS with an extra penny in the Autumn Statement, it couldn’t be clearer that the Tories have not changed at all.
The Autumn Statement simply underlined the fact that the Conservatives have abjectly failed to increase living standards or help out people who are “just about managing”.
Their failure on the health service is the starkest example of that.
They have underfunded the NHS, failed on social care and left the health service under-staffed. A&E departments are under more and more strain, GP appointments are harder and harder to come by and waiting lists are soaring.
That is why it is so important that Labour now show the NHS will always be our priority and we will always take care of it.
This Saturday is set to be our biggest national campaign action day ever, mobilising thousands of our members, new and long-standing.
At the time of writing this, we have over 500 events planned across CLPs is in England, Wales and Scotland. Labour activists will be out across the country showing that we will always care for the NHS and social care.
In England, we will be out calling on Theresa May to give the NHS and social care the money it needs.
In Scotland, we will be highlighting the abject failure of the SNP to look after the NHS in Scotland.
And in Wales, we’re showing how Labour will always put the NHS first. We’ve provided extra funding, new treatments and free prescriptions, despite the cuts imposed by the Tories in Westminster.
I want you to join Jeremy and thousands of other Labour activists, in your local communities to tell them how the government have failed to care for the NHS.
You can find an event near you at labour.org.uk/NHS.
And be sure to share your campaigning pictures and videos with the hashtag #CareForTheNHS.
So get out tomorrow and show that Labour created the NHS to care for all of us, now it’s time to care for the NHS.