Andy Burnham, Save Our NHS!
Our healthcare system is in crisis. Since 2010, the policies of our coalition government have inflicted huge damage on our National Health Service, and unless we act as a nation to remedy this, the damage to our NHS could prove to be irreversible. Over the past 4 years, our NHS has seen real terms cuts in its budget, which though in absolute terms is roughly unchanged, inflation has eroded its value. This government has been the first to cut the NHS budget in real terms over the course of a parliament ever. Even under the IMF-enforce austerity of the 1970s and the Thatcher government we did not see a real terms cut over the course of a Parliament. Since 2010, the NHS budget has increased by 9%, yet inflation from 2010 to present has been over 13%, meaning our NHS has had a 4% real terms cut over this Parliament,