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Labour’s plans will help sink health service, not save it

Keir Starmer’s talk of ‘reform’ rather than resources is a coded call for a further expansion of the private sector in the NHS, writes Yuri Prasad

Tuesday 23 May 2023

Issue 2856

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Labour leader Keir Starmer doesn’t really want to save the NHS (Picture: Chatham House)

Labour leader Keir Starmer took to the back of an Essex ambulance this week to launch his new policies for the NHS. He said that a government under his leadership would get the health service “off its knees” with a series of “reforms”—and just a modest increase in funding.

Labour says it will get cancer and A&E waiting times down, and the massive backlog of people waiting for treatment will be tackled. But a close ­examination of Starmer’s plans makes it clear that the cancer of privatisation is going to spread, and so is the draining effect of understaffing.

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