18/01/2017 Party Political Broadcasts - Labour Party


18/01/2017

A party political broadcast by the Labour Party.


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Hello. I hope you're well. I really do.

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Because if you're not, then chances are the NHS won't be able to

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look after you as well as it should. And that's wrong.

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Because the Labour Party created the NHS 70 years ago on

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the founding principles of it being comprehensive, universal and free.

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The NHS was created to care for us but now the NHS needs our care.

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Today there are almost four million people

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on waiting lists for treatment.

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One in four of us have to wait a week to see a GP,

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and every day thousands of us have to wait over four hours in A&E.

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Our hospitals are understaffed and the staff who are so utterly

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dedicated to our wellbeing are overworked and woefully underpaid.

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Last year in England alone the NHS was £2.45 billion in deficit,

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while the Tory government wasted £3 billion

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in their top-down reorganisation.

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And that's why when politicians argued about whether we should be

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in the EU or not

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they used something that they knew we all care about.

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They used the NHS, the NHS that is desperately in need of funding.

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So, yeah, they stood in front of their big bus

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and promised £350 million a week.

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Money they said we'd save.

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Money they promised would save our NHS.

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And that's brilliant,

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because we all like promises, but no-one likes it when they're broken.

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Do you really believe a Conservative government will honour that promise?

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It's hard to. Why?

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Because in their last budget there wasn't a penny of extra funding

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for the NHS, or for social care.

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No.

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Not a single penny.

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Still believe the promise of £350 million a week?

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Well, look at it this way.

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Right now the Conservatives are actually planning £22 billion,

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yes, £22 billion worth of what they like to call

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efficiency savings, but the rest of us would call them cuts.

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Cuts to nurse training, cuts and more closures of A&E departments,

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maternity units and other services, and cuts to social care.

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Cuts that will continue to prove

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the Conservatives' reckless neglect of our NHS.

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So now do you believe they'll honour the promise of that £350 million?

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No, neither do I.

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The founding principles of the NHS are being broken, and I believe

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that the promise of £350 million a week to save it will also be broken.

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I wish I could trust a Conservative government to support the NHS,

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but I can't.

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That's why the Labour Party is demanding a commitment,

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a clear and firm commitment from the Conservative government

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that they will stop their constant neglect of the NHS

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and provide the level of funding that it so desperately needs.

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And whether the Conservatives are prepared to or not,

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the Labour Party is.

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Because Labour created the NHS to care for us all,

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and now it's time that we all cared for the NHS.

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The NHS needs extra investment,

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so Labour will make sure that it gets it.

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And, yes, that's a promise.

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