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David Lammy @DavidLammy
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Bizarre that it needs debunking but @Jeremy_Hunt is unforgivably wrong. Labour rightly claim the NHS. The Conservatives opposed its conception and have systematically bled it dry in government. A thread for #NHS70…
In 1948, the post-War Labour Government introduced the NHS. The Conservative Party had voted against the third reading of the legislation in 1946. Despite Tory opposition, Labour won the vote by 261 votes to 113. #NHS70
In 1982, Margaret Thatcher considered the “dismantling of the National Health Service”, to replace it with a private insurance system #NHS70…
In 1997, after 18 years of Tory government, the NHS was running on empty. That year 283,866 waited > six months for operations. By the time Labour left in 2010, only 199 people waited this long. #NHS70
Under New Labour, spending on the NHS more than doubled. These spending increases eclipsed the Coaltion and Conservative governments that followed #NHS70
Since 2010, Tory cuts have been linked to 120,000 deaths, the Red Cross has labelled the NHS as in a “humanitarian crisis”, and doctors and nurses have faced a real terms pay-cut that could reach 12% by 2020 #NHS70…
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