LABOUR pledged a multi-billion-pound rescue package for the NHS yesterday as an explosive new report exposed details of a “secret Tory post-election plan for cuts and closures.”
According to research published in the Health Service Journal, managers in 14 areas across the country have been told to “think the unthinkable” and make swingeing cuts, including shutting wards, sacking staff and closing A&E and maternity departments.
The plans are so toxic that they are being kept secret from the public until after the general election as NHS England and NHS Improvement officials discuss the measures behind closed doors.
The 14 areas under pressure to make savage cuts are: Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset; Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; Cheshire (Eastern, Vale Royal and South); Cornwall; Devon; Morecambe Bay; Northumbria; North Central London; North Lincolnshire; North West London; South East London; Staffordshire; Surrey and Sussex; Vale of York and Scarborough and Ryedale.
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth warned: “The NHS cannot survive five more years of a Tory government” as he promised to bring the health service “back from the brink with a multi-billion-pound rescue package.
“The British people deserve nothing less.”