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Opponents round on Cameron seven-day NHS pledge

David Cameron unveiled his NHS plans earlier today. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

David Cameron's political opponents have accused his party of "degenerating" the NHS and "misleading" the public after he promised a "truly seven-day" health service under a Conservative government.

Labour's campaign vice chair Lucy Powell claimed Tory plans would mean "extreme" cuts to the NHS.

When he pledges seven-day-a-week care in the NHS, people will remember that he did exactly the same before the last election, only to break his word," she said.

The Liberal Democrats claimed that they were the only party to have a "credible plan top invest the £8 billion per year by 2020 that NHS bosses say is needed".

And Ukip health spokesman Louise Bours said: "If the Tories were serious about the NHS they would have brought these changes in over the last five years they have been in government, but instead they have degenerated the NHS beyond all recognition."

Doctors' group: Cameron NHS plans 'an empty pledge'

David Cameron's plans for a "truly seven-day NHS" have come under attack from doctors's leaders, who have accused him of "shameless political game playing".

Dr Mark Porter, chair of the British Medical Association council, said the Conservatives had already left "existing services stretched to breaking point".

With existing services stretched to breaking point, a majority of hospitals facing crippling budget deficits and frontline staff under extreme pressure, the NHS needs far more than just words to deliver extra care.

Without a detailed, fully-costed plan to provide the staff and resources needed to deliver more seven-day services, this is at best an empty pledge and at worst shameless political game playing with the NHS ahead of the election.

– Dr Mark Porter, British Medical Association


Cameron: Tories would have a 'truly seven day NHS'

David Cameron has unveiled plans for a "truly seven day NHS" under a Conservative Government.

For years it's been too hard to access the NHS out of hours. But illness doesn't 'respect working hours. Heart attacks, major accidents, babies. These things don't just come from 9-5.

With a future Conservative Government we would have a truly seven day NHS.

– David Cameron

The PM made the pledge in a speech to the Conservative Conference.

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