Weaponising the NHS
Labour manifesto 1950
They voted against the second and third readings of the National Health Service Bill... Can these Conservatives be trusted to safeguard the welfare of the sick, the poor and the old?
Labour manifesto 1959
The creation of the National Health Service was opposed by the Tories. Since
they took office they have starved the Service of money.
Labour manifesto 1964
The National Health Service was among the foremost achievements of the
1945-50 Labour Government. Since then it has been starved of resources
and has failed to adapt sufficiently to modern needs.
Labour manifesto 1970
The greatest single achievement of the post-war Labour Government was its
creation of the best universal social security system and the first
comprehensive health service in the world. The greatest single condemnation of
Tory rule was the appalling neglect of this social programme.
Labour manifesto 1974 (October)
Labour created the National Health Service and is determined to defend it.
Immense damage has been done to it by Tory cuts in public expenditure.
Labour manifesto 1979
We reject Tory plans to create two health services: one for the rich, financed
by private insurance with a second-class service for the rest of us.
Labour manifesto 1983
The creation of the National Health Service is one of the greatest achievements
of the Labour Party. It now faces a double threat from the Tories: a lack of
resources for decent health care; and the active encouragement of private
Labour manifesto 1987
Labour's proudest achievement is the creation of the National Health Service.
The Conservatives voted against it then. All who use and value the service know
only too well how it has been neglected and downgraded by today's Tories.
Labour manifesto 1992
This election will decide the future of the NHS. Indeed, it will decide
whether or not we continue to have a NHS of the kind that the British people
want. The Conservatives would continue to commercialise and privatise the NHS
until it is run as just another business.
Labour manifesto 1997
Labour created the NHS 50 years ago. It is under threat from the
Conservatives. We want to save and modernise the NHS. But if the Conservatives are elected again there may well not be an NHS in
five years' time - neither national nor comprehensive.
Labour manifesto 2005
Healthcare is too precious to be left to chance, too central to life chances to be left to your wealth. Access to treatment should be based on your clinical need not on your ability to pay. This means defeating those who would dismantle the NHS.
Labour manifesto 2010
The Tories will not introduce the necessary reforms, would fail to guarantee access to services, usher in a care postcode lottery, and put the interests of patients second.