It’s becoming clear that the focus of next years’ General Election – and the key policy issue which highlights the difference between what the Labour Party stands for and what the Conservatives are all about – is the way we look after our NHS.
The Tories have delighted in negative stories about the NHS. They’ve said it needs reform.
The fact of the matter is we all know that the NHS isn’t perfect but what it does guarantee is that every person in this country receives whatever medical treatment they require no matter what background they come from and at no charge.
It’s the most basic moral offer of a civilised society – that we’re all born equal human beings and health or medical problems are not in our control and should not require payment. The rich should have no more right to medical treatment than a person living off benefits having been in a road accident that has prevented them from working.
No matter how hard the Tories try to tell us they care about the NHS, deep down we all know the truth. They don’t care because, firstly those at the top of the Conservative Party have no problem in paying for their own healthcare and secondly, basically they know that those most likely to need healthcare are from more deprived areas and most definitely not likely to vote Conservative.
The Tories opposed the creation of the NHS – fact. And in every Tory government since then they’ve tried to dismantle it. We cannot afford to let them get another five years or it will without a shadow of a doubt be too late.