November 13, 2019

Labour’s NHS policy descends into chaos

Labour’s NHS policy descended into chaos this afternoon, after John McDonnell overruled shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth to confirm that Labour’s devastating 4 day working week WOULD apply to the NHS.

It follows analysis that found that Labour’s plans for a four-day week would cost the NHS £6.1 billion every year.

Labour’s own research into shorter working hours has warned that a 35 hour week would hit hospitals and cause staff shortages – meaning that McDonnell’s plans for an even shorter 32 hour week could cause even more chaos within the NHS.

Labour’s confirmation that the NHS would be hit with a four-day week means the party now has questions to face about which other public services would be hit. Schools? The police? The military?

It also raises the question of why Labour is introducing a policy that its own research shows will hit hospitals.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“Corbyn’s Labour need to come clean on their plans to cut the NHS. How can anyone trust them on the NHS when they refuse to be straight with people about such a fundamental issue like the future of our NHS.
“Corbyn’s health spokesman toured the TV studios this morning claiming that their plans for a four-day working week would not apply to the NHS. But now the shadow chancellor says it will after all. Voters deserve to know the truth.
“Labour’s own policy documents say that their plans will hit hospitals and impact staff numbers. Jeremy Corbyn’s incompetence will mean that patients will get worse care.
“Just like with their confused Brexit policy, Labour are in complete chaos. This is further proof that we can’t afford the Cost of Corbyn.”
Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)