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Labour's £2.5bn NHS boost 'will be funded in year one'

Labour has insisted that the extra £2.5bn it has pledged to boost the NHS will be funded within the first financial year of the new parliament.

Speaking at the launch of a week of intensive campaigning on the NHS, shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said that the party would get to work immediately after the election.

"It is our intention to have the full revenue stream up and running in the first financial year, the first full financial year."

– Ed Balls

A Labour source then clarified that part of the revenue stream for the £2.5 billion would be in place within 2015/16. According to the text of a speech Ed Miliband will give later today, some of this revenue will come from "a mansion tax on properties worth over £2m"

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Labour launches bid to woo disabled voters

Labour is launching a manifesto aimed at winning the votes of 12 million disabled people.

Labour's work and pensions spokeswoman Rachel Reeves said high-profile pledges such as scrapping the "Bedroom Tax" will be packaged alongside promises to include disabled people in policy committees in government.

Labour is expected to say that if elected it will:

  • Toughen up the law on disability hate crimes
  • Reform the Work Capability Assessment
  • Introduce a tailored work support programme for disabled people

Tories accuse Labour of trying to 'weaponise the NHS'

The Conservatives have accused Labour of attempting to "weaponise the NHS" as the party prepares to launch a week of intensive election campaigning on the health service.

A Tory spokesman said Ed Miliband's credibility on health "is in tatters because he refuses to fund the £8 billion the NHS needs."

The Conservatives have accused Labour of trying to 'weaponise the NHS'. Credit: PA Wire

"By building a stronger economy, we have protected and improved the NHS with 9,500 more doctors, 6,900 more nurses, and 1.3 million more life-saving operations every year," the spokesman said.

"There is only one threat to the future of our NHS and that is the economic chaos of an Ed Miliband-SNP government."

Burnham accuses Tories of 'double deceit' on the NHS

Andy Burnham has accused the Conservatives of a "double deceit" when it comes to election campaigning and the NHS.

Labour's health spokesman told Good Morning Britain: "They are committed to very extreme spending cuts and they're not saying to people that they're going to cut social care after the coming election, and that will drag down the NHS.

Labour's health spokesman Andy Burnham speaks to GMB. Credit: ITV/Good Morning Britain

"Secondly they haven't said where a penny of their extra funding will come from.

"Labour is the only party with a plan to put more money into the NHS this year and next".

Labour to launch week of campaigning on NHS

Labour are to launch a week of intensive campaigning focused on the NHS, claiming the service is on "life support" and accusing David Cameron of posing a risk to its "very fabric and foundation".

The party is also accusing some members of the party of supporting further charges or privatisation within the service.

Labour's latest election campaign poster on the NHS. Credit: Twitter/@uklabour

The future of the straining health service has become one of the key battlegrounds of the General Election, with Conservatives and Liberal Democrats pledging to find the £8 billion health chiefs say is needed by 2020 to prevent it buckling.

Labour has refused to commit to the same amount, but says it will do "what is necessary" and says its promised £2.5 billion increase in funding is the only fully-funded proposal put forward so far.

A new Labour poster will claim that "the NHS is on life support. Don't let the Tories pull the plug", and Miliband will directly accuse the Conservatives of a "double deceit" in a speech later today.

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A&E waiting time target missed for 27th week in a row

Figures show 92.4% of patients were seen within four hours. Credit: PA

The proportion of A&E patients seen within four hours is below target for the 27th week in a row, new figures show.

NHS England said 92.4% of patients spent four or less hours between arrival and admission, transfer or discharge in the week ending 5 April.

That meant the 95% target has been missed for every week since the end of September, though did mark an improvement on the previous week, when it stood at 92%.

The week saw 441,100 attendees in A&E, down from 445,000 in the previous week.

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