Launching the party’s manifesto prime minister David Cameron repeated a pledge to meet NHS England’s call for an £8bn a year increase in funding to help plug a projected £30bn blackhole.
‘There’s £8bn more a year for our NHS,' said Mr Cameron, ‘so it’s there for your family – and there seven days a week.'
The Conservatives’ manifesto pledges:
- Continue to increase spending on the NHS so it remains free to use
- Spend at least an additional £8bn by 2020 above inflation to fund the NHS England Five Year Forward View
- GP access 8am to 8pm, seven days a week by 2020
- Same-day GP appointments for over-75s
- Named GP for all
- Integration of health and care through the Better Care Fund
- Increased funding for mental health
Mr Cameron said the Conservative-led government could be ‘proud’ of its achievements: ‘we have protected the NHS, with 9,500 more doctors and 6,900 more nurses, and ensured generous rises in the state pension.'