We all need the National Health Service – fact. Free healthcare at the point of use from the cradle to the grave was a revolutionary idea by the Labour government of 1945.

Every day, in every part of our NHS there are heroes saving lives, for example, when the doctors saved my little nephew’s life in the first few moments after he was born.

It doesn’t matter one jot what the bank balance of the patient says, everyone is treated without fear of payments and treated without profit motive.

However, this is now under threat. Under the Coalition and Conservative Government, our NHS has been opened up to competition. In 2013, the Conservatives sold off our blood plasma supply to a US company Bain Capital which then sold it on to a Chinese company.

Now we hear the Tories have been negotiating with the Trump administration and the NHS is on the table. American drug companies want longer patents which will raise prices and challenge the financial sustainability of the NHS meaning tax rises, higher prescription charges or cutbacks to services and access to certain medicines.

This election is a final chance to save our NHS.

🔴 Labour would never negotiate drug prices nor NHS services in ANY trade deals

🔴 Labour will make prescriptions free to all

🔴 Labour will give the NHS the funds it needs to function properly and slash A&E wait times back to the levels seen under the last Labour government

🔴 Labour will give hard pressed NHS staff a 5% pay rise after nearly a decade of a demoralising pay freeze

🔴 Labour will make personal social care free at the point of use as the first part of building a new National Care Service to sit alongside the NHS

🔴 Labour will end the hostile environment measures and let NHS workers get on with serving the public instead of acting as border agents

🔴 Labour will create a new publicly-owned generic drugs manufacturer to supply the NHS with lower cost drugs and will reform the patenting system to tackle rip-off pharma companies who try to hold the NHS to ransom like Vertex tried with their cystic fibrosis drugs recently

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