Prime Minister Gordon Brown has promised that Labour will “move the health service into a new era”.
He said he wants to create “a health service that is not just accessible to all, but is personal to each of us”.
And he added that NHS patients should be able to get the GP they want and be able to attend a clean hospital at the time they want.
“I don’t want just some of the British people able to get the doctor when they want it, or the consultant when they want, or to get the GP at the time they want,” he said.
“I want everybody to have that convenience, that personal treatment – to be treated not as a number, but to be treated with respect as an individual. That’s why clean hospitals are so important – not just for safety but for the respect we show – to every individual patient.”
Mr Brown also refused to rule out holding a snap General Election, but said when voters do go to the polls they will be faced with a “clear choice” between the two main parties on the economy and public services.
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