Health Secretary Andy Burnham has warned the people that the NHS would be destroyed if the Tories came to power in the upcoming elections.
Burnham told the Daily Politics that Labour would strive to protect the standards of NHS even though funding is expected to be tight. He added that all trust budgets would increase by 5% this year and that this rise would be maintained over the next two years. "This locks in all of the funding increase Labour has put into the NHS over the past decade," he said.
Tory counterpart Andrew Lansley said there were some changes needed to make the NHS a better service. "We can't make the sick in this country pay for Labour's debt crisis," he said.
Lib Dem spokesman Norman Lamb said that his party would not be a mute spectator to any cuts. "We all know the next few years a going to be really tough for the NHS," he said. "We can either go for slash and burn of services or we can re-design the way the NHS works to make the money go further and protect patient services."