Our first stop was to meet with Saddleworth Carers Group in Uppermill who provide support to carers and those they care for. Members of the group spoke to us about their experiences of the NHS, social care and the need for integrated care.
Andy outlined Labour’s plan for the NHS, which I’ve worked on closely with him, which includes securing the future of our NHS with 36,000 more frontline staff with our fully costed £2.5bn Time to Care fund. The fund will be paid for by money raised from a mansion tax on properties worth over £2 million, cracking down on tax avoidance and a new levy on tobacco companies’ profits.
In addition, only Labour will guarantee a maximum one-week wait for cancer tests and create a new Cancer Treatments Fund to improve access to drugs, radiotherapy and surgery. We will join up services from home to hospital with a single point of contact for those who need it bringing together physical health, mental health and social care and guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours.