Would Labour’s £2billion-a-year NHS rescue plan REALLY save the NHS? Unions welcome workforce plan

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Labour’s emergency £2billion plan to fix the ailing NHS by reinstating the 45p tax rate for the country’s richest people has been branded ‘disingenuous’.

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said the cash brought in through the U-turn would pay for an extra 20,000 doctors, nurses and social care staff to join each year.

It would be one of the biggest workforce expansions in the 74-year history of the health service, amid warnings staffing levels are central to spiraling waiting lists and record ambulance delays.

Unveiled at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool, Ms Reeves argued the plans — funded solely through reversing Tory Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s tax cut last week — would ensure the NHS has all of the ‘doctors it needs’. 

Yet critics argue the £150bn-a-year health service is in dire need of reform not extra cash, and additional funds wouldn’t pay for the ‘wide array’ of promises.

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a conservative think-tank, said: ‘Successive…