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The Labour Party manifesto makes the following pledges: 

NHS

  • Over £30 billion  in extra funding over the next parliament by increasing income tax for the highest five percent of earners, increasing tax on private medical insurance, and halving the fees paid to management consultants.
  • Introduce a new OBR for Health body to oversee health spending and scrutinize how it is spent.
  • Halt sustainability and transformation plans and ask local health groups to redraw the plans with a focus on patients. 
  • Create a new quality, safety and excellence regulator to be called "NHS Excellence".
  • Guarantee access to treatment within 18 weeks and reduce waiting lists by one million by the end of the Parliament.
  • Guarantee the four-hour A&E waiting time target.
  • Stop the breaching of safe levels of bed occupancy and end the use of mixed sex wards.
  • Deliver the Cancer Strategy for England in full by 2020.
  • Increase resources for the ambulance services to end the slowing ambulance response times.
  • Create a new model of community care which takes into account not only primary care but social care and mental health as well.
  • Halt pharmacy closures.
  • Tackle the “rationing of services” and post code lotteries. 
  • Ensure value for money agreements with pharmaceutical companies so NHS patients get fast access to new medicines.
  • Repeal the Health & Social Care Act.
  • Reverse privatisation of the NHS.
  • Reinstate the powers of the Secretary of State for Health to have overall responsibility for the NHS. 
  • Introduce a new legal duty on the Secretary of State and on NHS England to ensure that excess private profits are not made out of the NHS at the expense of patient care.

Workforce

  • Immediately guarantee the rights of EU staff.
  • Increase prosecutions and penalties for employers not paying the minimum wage, stop employers from recruiting only from overseas, and make zero hours contracts illegal.
  • End the public sector pay-cap and put pay decisions “back into the hands of the independent pay review body”.
  • Raise the minimum wage to the level of the living wage (expected to be at least £10 per hour by 2020).
  • Legislate to ensure safe staffing levels in the NHS.
  • Re-introduce bursaries and funding for health related degrees.
  • Roll out maximum pay ratios of 20:1 in the public sector and companies bidding for public contracts.
  • Only awarding public contracts to companies which recognise trade unions.

Mental health

  • Stop out of area placements for adults and children.
  • Increase the proportion of mental health budget spent on children and young people.
  • Access to counselling services in all schools.

Social care

  • An additional £8bn over the next parliament for social care, including £1bn in the first year.
  • End 15 minute care visits.
  • Review options to create a ‘National Care Service’.

Public health

  • A new Index of Child Health to compare results internationally.
  • Create a £250m Children's Health Fund and a new childhood obesity strategy.      
  • Implement a Tobacco Control Plan, focussing on issues of mental health and children smokers, along with groups in society, such as BAME and LGBT communities.
  • Reduce loneliness.
  • Hold a public enquiry into contaminated blood and medicines, medical devices and medical products licensing and regulation, including Valproate.
  • Improve sexual health services.

Devolution

  • Labour describe themselves as “the party of devolution”.
  • Introduce a 'presumption of devolution' where powers transferred from the EU will go straight to the relevant region or nation.
  • Create a role for a Minister for England, who will sit under the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and will work with the Secretary of State for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Restore regional offices to increase contact between central and local government on the ground.
  • Remove the requirement for directly elected mayors in combined authorities, while keeping that as an option.

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