Andy Burnham MP, Labour Shadow Health Secretary, responds to reports of David Cameron’s speech to Tory conference
"Labour has already pledged an extra £2.5 billion over and above Tory plans to pay for 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 GPs - investment that David Cameron has failed to match.
"People will take David Cameron’s pre-Election pledges on the NHS with a large pinch of salt. Last time, he promised ‘real-terms increases’ but then cut NHS spending in his very first year in office.
"He promised ‘no top-down reorganisation’ but then brought forward the biggest ever, throwing the NHS into chaos and siphoning £3 billion out of front-line care to pay for it.
"He promised no privatisation but has proceeded to put NHS services up for sale without the permission of the public.
"He promised to protect the NHS but its getting harder to see your GP and waiting times are going up.
"Cameron’s promises on the NHS have been shown to be not worth the paper they are written on. You can’t trust the Tories with the NHS."