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Andrew Lansley: Ed Miliband is misleading the public – Labour’s 2010 manifesto pledged to cut the NHS

Conservative Party Press Release

In a press conference today, Ed Miliband wrongly claimed that Labour’s 2010 Election Manifesto matched the Coalition’s NHS investment plans. In fact, the manifesto - written by Ed Miliband - did not protect the health budget.

Analysis of Labour spending plans from their 2010 Budget, written just two months before the election, has shown that Labour would have cut the NHS by £28 billion over the current Parliament.

And experts agree that Labour are cutting the NHS in Wales by 8.3 per cent – the only part of the UK where Labour runs the NHS.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

‘Ed Miliband is misleading the public. The manifesto he wrote does not protect NHS funding in real terms at all – and he knows it. A quick look at their cuts to the NHS in Wales tells you all you need to know: where Labour run the NHS, they run it into the ground.

‘Last year, we urged Labour to support our plans to protect the NHS. They refused, despite the devastating impact it would have had. It is the Coalition Government that has protected the NHS and will strengthen it in the future, delivering better care for patients.’

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