Jeremy Corbyn will pledge to “renationalise” the NHS on Wednesday as he sets out some of the policies he hopes to use to reunite the Labour party if he succeeds in seeing off a leadership challenge from Owen Smith.
At an event in London with his shadow health secretary and close ally Diane Abbott, Corbyn will make a series of pledges aimed at ending the involvement of private companies in NHS provision.
“The next Labour government would go further than reversing Tory cuts – it would deliver a modern health and social care service that is fully publicly provided and fully publicly funded,” Corbyn will say.
“Health, health financing and health inequality is a matter of paramount national importance. The Labour government I lead will ensure that money goes to patients not contractors, and that our NHS is given the resources to provide a top quality service as part of a program to rebuild and transform Britain so that no-one and no community is left behind.”
A Corbyn-led government would not sign any new contracts under the private finance initiative, under which many new hospitals were built during the previous Labour government under long-term arrangements with private firms, he will say.
Corbyn would also like to establish a taxpayer-backed fund to buy struggling hospitals out of their existing PFI arrangements. He would lend his support to a private members’ bill, tabled by the Labour backbencher Margaret Greenwood, aimed at strengthening the responsibilities of the health secretary and end the NHS internal market, and he would reintroduce nurses’ bursaries.
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