(Bloomberg) — David Cameron will offer voters seven-day-a-week access to specialist doctors if his Conservative Party wins the U.K. general election on May 7.
In a speech in Manchester on Saturday, the prime minister will promise that doctors working at the level of consultant are available on weekends, as well as during the week.
State-funded health care is center stage in the battle for the election, with polls showing the Conservatives and the Labour opposition are running neck and neck. Cameron’s pledge came a day after Labour leader Ed Miliband vowed to limit the margins that private companies can earn from the National Health Service and award them fewer contracts.
“Illness doesn’t respect working hours,” Cameron will say, according to his office. “And the truth is that you are actually more likely to die if you turn up at the hospital at the weekend. Some of the resources are not up and running. The key decision makers aren’t always there.”