Ed Miliband has lambasted the Conservatives’ pledge to provide an additional £8bn of health spending a year as akin to trying to “fund the NHS on an IOU”. The Labour leader was speaking on the day the future of the health service leapt to the top of the political agenda. Miliband announced that if elected his government would provide 3,000 extra midwives to ensure women giving birth have one-to-one maternity care. Miliband also criticised the surprise announcement from George Osborne in the Guardian on Saturday that the Conservatives would provide an additional £8bn each year above inflation to fill the funding black hole in the health service. The chancellor said his party’s funding pledge demonstrated an “absolute commitment” to meeting the £30bn-a-year funding gap by the end of the decade, as identified by Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England. At the launch of Labour’s health manifesto for England, Miliband said: “We have seen five years of failure and broken promises from David Cameron on the NHS and now he expects the public to believe unfunded promises four weeks before an election. “Just in January he said, and I quote: ‘The real risk to the NHS is the risk… Read full this story
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