Labour health manifesto pledges £1bn for primary care

The Labour party has pledged to invest £1bn in primary care and community services over the next five years in its pre-election health manifesto.

The manifesto draws existing Labour policies into a set of ‘rights' for patients, and includes a pledge to continue investing in GP-led health centres and expand cancer testing in primary care.   

‘The commitment to deliver one-week cancer tests will require significant capital investment into primary care, as well as a clear national target and reform of the way in which GP practices work,' the document, Your Personal NHS Guarantee, says.

‘To make this investment we have committed over the next five years to £1bn of new capital investment (£200m per annum) into primary and community services.'

It also tells patients they have ‘a right to choose a GP in your area open evenings and weekends'. It says: 'Care in convenient locations such as at pharmacists or on the high-street and, for many services, far more care in your own home.'

Patients will also have the right to see a cancer specialist within two weeks and a maximum wait of no longer than 18 weeks for hospital treatment.

The manifesto says the Conservatives' plan for ‘do-it-yourself public services' would mean no maximum waiting times, and no power for GPs to demand that patients be seen within a maximum waiting period.

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