Voice of the Mirror: Labour promises a £1b toast to our national health
No one can dispute the Labour Party’s total commitment to the National Health Service. On that it is united.
It was Labour which founded it in 1948. It is Labour which has protected it ever since.
True, former PM Theresa May announced a big injection of cash. But it was only enough to enable the NHS to stand still.
It did nothing to address the 40,000 empty nursing and midwifery posts.
It did not come up with the £1billion needed to fill them.
That is what shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth is promising our readers.
He has pledged to have 24,000 more student nurses in training over the next five years.
And he will do it by using that extra £1billion to bring back nursing bursaries scrapped by the Tories three years ago.
This will guarantee those in training £20,000 a year in support and maintenance, the lack of which is the biggest reason young people are not choosing nursing as a profession.
It is only right that those who are prepared to devote themselves to the care of others should themselves be properly looked after.
That has not happened under the Tories.
It will under Labour.
Lest we forget
Today we remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so we may live in freedom and safety.
But too often this government forgets those who have come back from war maimed by mental illness.
Tory ministers do not even know how many of them are sleeping rough or who have taken their own lives.
Jeremy Corbyn intends to put an end to that if he becomes PM.
He will order his officials to keep proper tabs on the 66,000 ex-Service men and women struggling with mental health problems, living on the streets, in jail or bamboozled by the benefits system.
Many suffer from PTSD, something this government has never taken seriously enough.
Mr Corbyn has a five-point plan to ensure our veterans will no longer be neglected.
Today we honour our fallen heroes… but we must remember the living ones too.
It’s a bit much for Buckingham Palace visitors to have to share their £7 cream teas of salmon and scones with rodents.
But that’s what’s been happening ever since mice were discovered at the Buck House pop-up cafe.
Perhaps Her Majesty should pop down to investigate for herself.
As the old saying goes, a cat may look at a king. Now a Queen can look for a mouse.
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