NHS 10-Year Plan

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:50 pm on 19th February 2019.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Labour), Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care) 6:50 pm, 19th February 2019

I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. She is absolutely right. The Secretary of State has said on the record that he wants to stop privatisation, but we have identified a number of very important contracts lasting many years and costing millions of pounds that should be halted if the Government are going to stick to their word. It has not happened and it should.

The timetable for the publication of the plan has itself not gone to plan. Again, when the Foreign Secretary was Health Secretary, he said:

“we now intend to publish the social care Green Paper in the autumn around the same time as the NHS plan.”

I am not sure which autumn he was talking about for the social care Green Paper, but the intention was right, because, as he also said:

“It is not possible to have a plan for one sector without…a plan for the other”—[Official Report, 18 June 2018;
Vol. 643, c. 52.]— but here we are.

In conclusion, whatever fine words, gimmicks and spin we have in the 10-year plan, we know that the reality is that the NHS is on its knees and that it cannot survive another decade of Tory Government. It is time for Labour to come to the rescue again.