Government should be investing in capital budgets not raiding them – Jonathan Ashworth
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the news that first year of the government’s NHS long-term plan is funded by a fresh raid on cash intended for capital investment in the NHS’ buildings and facilities, said:
“The government should be investing in capital budgets not raiding them. We have long questioned how the Tories would fund the NHS settlement and now our worst fears have been confirmed.
“At a time when the NHS faces a £6 billion repair bill – just today we learn a Hospital Trust has been unable to properly clean operating theatres because they are in such poor repair – and hospitals are increasingly reliant on old outdated equipment.
“But thanks to repeated raids, because the NHS itself is stretched, capital investment per NHS worker is falling and standards of patient care suffer.
“Labour would end these so-called ‘capital-revenue transfers’ and invest in our NHS infrastructure to rebuild crumbling hospitals and ensure we have the very best modern technology and equipment for the future.”