Budget Bad News For NHS

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25 Mar 2013

Last week’s Budget was bad news for anyone who values our NHS.

The Chancellor clawed back £2.2 billion from the Department of Health – money that’s desperately needed on the NHS front line. However instead of spending the money on front line care, this cash is going back to the Treasury to be used to fund their millionaires’ tax cut.

The NHS has confirmed that over 800 nursing jobs were lost in the last month alone – taking the total to nearly 5,000 since 2010. The independent care regulator, the Care Quality Commissioner, has warned that one in ten hospitals is understaffed. The Government can’t justify continuing to neglect our NHS and the people that work to make it possible.

While the Prime Minister is handing out P45s to nurses, he is also handing a tax cut to millionaires. On 6th April, 13,000 millionaires will get a tax cut worth an average £100,000 each, all while hundreds of hard working nurses are losing their jobs.

The Government needs to get its' priorities straight. They need to keep their promises to protect the NHS and scrap their unfair tax cut for millionaires.