The Conservative Party is the Guardian of the NHS

Beveridge and the 1944 white paper advocated a mix of taxpayer and insurance based provision. Bevan failed and created a nationalised monolith.

The 2006 doctors contract increased doctors pay, without even being asked which enabled them to work part time and at the same hugely increased costs to the NHS.

PFI increased costs but took hospitals off balance sheet. The graduate nursing scheme took trainee/ student nurses off the wards.

The closure of cottage hospitals from around 2006 as part of the centralising instincts of the then Socialist Government created the bed blocking crisis.

All of these are the result of Labour governments. The Labour Party is not the Guardian of the NHS.

Since the Conservatives have been in government, we have increased health funding to a record level – so people get the care they need. We committed to increasing NHS spending by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over the next five years. We have also in the Budget provided the NHS with £2.8 billion of funding to 2019-20. We will deliver another £10 billion in capital to upgrade buildings and facilities. We have given an additional £2 billion for social care over three years and £437 million for the NHS this winter. SOURCE: Autumn Budget, 22 November 2017; Department of Health, 2 January 2018

We are investing more in mental health than ever before – transforming mental health services. We spent a record £11.6bn in 2016/2017 with a further £1bn to be spent every year to 2020/21. SOURCE: Mental Health Services: Finance: Written question – HL3655, 12 December 2017

There are more doctors and nurses looking after patients. More patients are being treated, and more operations are being carried out in our NHS. There are 14,200 more doctors and over 11,700 more nurses on our wards since 2010. SOURCE: NHS Workforce Statistics, September 2017, Provisional Statistics, Published 21 December 2017

Our healthcare system has been ranked the best healthcare system of 11 wealthy countries by The Commonwealth Fund. The NHS came top in 5 of the 11 areas assessed, including access and safety of care. Not only does the NHS rank the highest in measures related to the equity of health systems with respect to access and care process, but it also ranks first based on the performance across prevention, safe care, coordination, and patient engagement. SOURCE: The Commonwealth Fund, 14 July 2017

Cancer survival rates at a record high. 7,000 people are alive today who would not have been had mortality rates stayed the same as in 2010. SOURCE: Department of Health, 5 December 2017

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