by Berk Bektas
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has released a number of policies it wishes to implement in order to save the NHS from constant crisis if it wins in June.
The Public Accounts Committee, a cross-party group of MPs responsible for overseeing government expenditure, estimated last year that the NHS was short-staffed by about 50,000. In order to boost NHS staff trained in the UK (especially in England, due to devolved powers), Labour proposes to reverse the end of bursaries and introduction of tuition fees planned for August for student nurses and midwives.
The Labour Party also proposes to scrap the 1% cap on increases for pay to NHS staff and to have a minimum staff-paient ratio.
Scrapping pay caps, combined the scrapping of tuition fees and the reintroduction of bursaries would cost around £1.2 billion, according to Labour Party estimates (£350 million for a pay increase (excluding doctors) of 1%, and £850 million for scrapping tuition fees and reintroducing bursaries). Increasing staff numbers would cost billions more, around £2-3 billion if Labour want to cover the 50,000 mark, as front-line services already cost £40 billion a year. The Labour Party claim that scrapping cuts to corporation tax, and instead increasing it, would pay for these increases on the NHS.
The Conservative Party said that without a strong economy, you can’t fund public services, such as the NHS, and you can only have a strong economy with Theresa May, not Jeremy Corbyn.
The Labour Party still have a lot to do to convince the British public to vote for them, as the Conservatives are still predicted to win a landslide victory, but the NHS is there strong point as they founded it and satisfaction levels with the NHS are always high under Labour governments.
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