Election 2015

Election 2015: Miliband urges voters to 'rescue NHS'

Ed Miliband in Bedford Image copyright Reuters

Ed Miliband has made a plea for people to come out and vote on 7 May, claiming the race to govern "is going to be one of the closest we've ever seen".

The Labour leader told activists during a speech in Bedford: "Every single person in our country could make the difference in this election."

He warned that the NHS faced "savage cuts" and a "financial time bomb".

He promised to "keep going to the last minutes of the last hours of this campaign to rescue the NHS."

'Clear choice'

Health and care

Labour

Main pledges

  • Extra £2.5bn funding for the NHS, to pay for 20,000 more nurses, 3,000 midwives and 8,000 GPs
  • Repeal the Health and Social Care Act and cap the amount of profit private firms can make from the NHS at 5%
  • Integrate NHS health care and social care
  • End 15 minute care visits

Arguing that Britain had "a huge choice about the future of the country", he told activists: "We only have a few hours left now - this race is going to be the closest we've ever seen in our history.

"It's going to go down to the wire so tell your friends, your family, your neighbours how important this is.

"Every single person in our country could make the difference in this election. We have got the programme for working families; we can build a better future for Britain - all we need to do is vote for it and I hope you will on Thursday."

Mr Miliband said he believed Britain "could do a lot better" than another five years of a Conservative-led government.

He said there was "a clear choice" between "putting working people first" or helping "the richest and most powerful".

'Rescue plan'

Accusing David Cameron of breaking promises on the health service, he said: "Today we discover the financial time bomb under our NHS - savage cuts on the way at two-thirds of hospitals because of a cash crisis made in Downing Street.

"When the NHS is cut it's working families who bear the brunt - that's why we'll keep going to the last minutes of the last hours of this campaign to rescue the NHS and stand up for working families."

He said Labour would provide 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more doctors, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives, paid for by a mansion tax on homes worth more than £2m, a levy on tobacco firms and a clampdown on tax avoidance by hedge funds.

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