Right from the time the Government announced its modernisation plans for the NHS, we have always been clear about what we want the NHS to deliver.
We signalled a decisive shift away from Labour’s political targets and towards an NHS focused on outcomes: whether the care delivered by the NHS is effective; whether patients have a good experience of the care they receive; and whether it is safe.
Labour claim that the NHS has gone backwards over the last 18 months, but on any measures of success, the opposite is true. The NHS is improving all the time.
On how the NHS is delivering care effectively:
- We have delivered £7 billion of efficiency savings in the NHS since taking power – efficiency savings that have been ploughed straight back into patient care.
- We have recruited an additional 4,000 doctors and 600 midwives.
- We have reduced the number of administrative posts in the NHS by more than 15,000.
- We have increased by 820,000 the number of people seeing an NHS dentist.
- We have helped more than 10,000 patients get access to the cancer drugs they need through the Cancer Drugs Fund – people who would have been denied these drugs under Labour.