Labour pledges £150m GP cancer diagnostics fund and GPs in A&E

A Labour government would invest £150m a year in cancer diagnostic infrastructure in GP practices, the party's leader Ed Miliband is set to announce.

Ed Miliband: Labour GP diagnostics pledge
Ed Miliband: Labour GP diagnostics pledge

The new funding, every year from 2016/17, would make it possible to carry out most cancer tests in practices by ensuring the equipment is available in every town.

Speaking ahead of a visit to Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge University Hospital, Mr Miliband said: ‘I want to set out the next stage of our fully-funded plan, an investment of £150m a year, every year in the key equipment patients need to get quick access to cancer tests and improve early diagnosis.

‘We are raising money through a Mansion Tax, closing loopholes enjoyed by the hedge funds and imposing a new levy on tobacco firms – to pay for the equipment needed to deliver our guarantee of one-week cancer tests.’

GP in every A&E

On Tuesday Mr Miliband announced an NHS rescue plan which including a previously announced details of a pledge to put a GP in every A&E.

Mr Miliband said the plans would be in place by this winter. ‘When people can’t get to see their GP, many go to A&E instead,' he said.

‘We have to give people the right care at the right time in the right place,' he said. ‘And that is what we will do - we will hire more doctors and by saving resources on privatisation and bureaucracy, we will guarantee everyone who wants it an appointment with a GP in 48 hours.’

A Labour government, he said, would ‘begin immediate planning to avoid an A&E crisis for the coming winter. Improving GP access and ensuring there are GPs in all A&Es. Increasing the numbers of clinically-trained NHS staff on the 111 phoneline.’

The party has promised to recruit 8,000 additional GPs.  The Tories and Liberal Democrats want 5,000 more. All three parties were slammed by GPs leaders on Tuesday after failing to adequately explain how they would recruit the GPs they have promised.

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