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Conservatives plan to lose next general election, says Wes Streeting of Labor | Wes Streeting

The Labor Party’s shadow health secretary, Wes Streeting, has accused the Conservatives of plotting to lose the next general election.

Streeting said he was confident Labor would win the next time the country goes to the polls.

Speaking before the new Conservative leader and prime minister was announced on Monday, Streeting told the Daily Telegraph: “I think the Conservatives are planning to lose the next general election.”

Streeting believes that the current government’s plans to limit the number of medical students is evidence that the Conservatives have “concluded that there is no point in recruiting medical trainees because they are not going to work until there is a Labor government in place. I think that’s recklessly short-sighted.”

Streeting went on to say that the UK government should be “developing our local talent for the NHS”, adding that it was turning away “bright young people from the university places they desperately want to fill. That threatens the future pipeline”.

In August, Education Secretary James Cleverly said the NHS was ramping up recruitment, despite the government’s refusal to lift the cap on medical student admission this year.

Streeting went on to cast doubt on Tory’s plans for the NHS, suggesting that additional funding for the health service would have to come with some kind of reform.

“I have no doubt, and this is why Liz Truss is being dishonest with the public, that there is no solution to the NHS crisis that doesn’t involve more investment,” he told the Telegraph.

Streeting said he could not envision a long-term NHS solution that “may involve huge amounts of extra money every year. Because at that point, the NHS starts to look unsustainable. We cannot continue to invest more money.”

After his own successful treatment for kidney cancer, Streeting said he was keen to make sure the NHS was fit for purpose in the 21st century. He said, “We can’t let our respect [for the NHS] prevent us from making the necessary changes.”

“There will always be people in the system who say, ‘But that’s not how we do things.’ I want to work with the system instead of fighting the system. But ultimately, I will always do what is best for patients.”

His comments came as Labor leader Keir Starmer said he was ready to present his plans to tackle the challenges facing the country.

Starmer, who turned 60 on Friday, he told the Daily Mirror: “I am going to set out in my conference speech our road map, our plan for Britain and how Labor will give Britain the fresh start it needs.”

The party’s plans to help with fuel bills include freezing the energy price cap until April.

He also promised to tackle longer-term challenges such as the climate crisis and rebuilding the economy.


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