Ed Miliband has claimed there is a fortnight to “rescue” the NHS as he accused David Cameron of being a “mortal danger” to the service.
The Labour leader pledged to take action to “save” it from day one of taking office with a rescue plan to boost funding and tackle a “crisis” in staffing.
An emergency round of nurse recruitment would be ordered immediately on taking power while plans to raise extra funding through a mansion tax and tobacco levy would form part of the party’s first budget.
Mr Miliband contrasted Labour’s promise of instant action paid for with “real money, right now” to what he claims is the unfunded Conservative pledge to find the £8 billion health chiefs say the service needs.
In a speech to students at Manchester Metropolitan University, Mr Miliband said: “For five years, the NHS has gone backwards.”