Labour’s Scottish leader has boasted of plans to collect money in England to fund Scotland’s health service. This is the sort of political and economic absurdity that has put the NHS and the country in the state we have found it in recent years; there are only so many ways that Labour can claim they’ll spend money from their so-called Mansion Tax. Labour do not know how much money this tax (if ever implemented) would raise and counting on that money to provide key services is reckless.
Here in Hartlepool we well know the dangers of ill-conceived healthcare strategies. The solution to many of our local and national issues (especially the NHS) is not just how much is spent, but how the money is spent.
We must sit down and look at our NHS, from top to bottom, see what is being spent and ensure waste and mismanagement is removed so that we can have a stable, effective health system. The solution is not just adding a few more billion to the budget every year but making sure that the NHS provides value for money.