Two doctors campaigning to rescue the NHS from the Tories

Dr McGurk and Dr Subasinghe campaigning in Leigh ward this weekend

Dr McGurk and Dr Subasinghe campaigning in Leigh ward this weekend

As the local Labour candidate in Southend West I spend a great deal of time meeting with local people, listening to their hopes and concerns. Something I hear more and more about is the National Health Service.

I am told it’s getting harder to see the family doctor. David Cameron scrapped Labour’s guarantee of a GP appointment within 48 hours. Thousands of frontline staff have been lost from the NHS since David Cameron became Prime Minister and disturbingly, experts say that A&Es don’t have safe staffing levels.

It is becoming harder for patients to get the care they need, with growing waiting lists and treatments like cataract removals and knee operations being increasingly rationed.

David Cameron is responsible for this crisis. He has wasted £3 billion on a damaging NHS reorganisation he promised wouldn’t happen. And Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats have been too weak to stand up to David Cameron and have backed the Tories all the way.

Meanwhile cuts to elderly care are sending more elderly people to A&E and making it harder for them to get the care they need at home.

Labour rescued the NHS after years of Tory neglect before and we’ll do it again.

We will repeal David Cameron’s NHS changes that put private profit before patients so that NHS professionals can focus on your care. And we will get started by guaranteeing a GP appointment within 48 hours and on the same day for those who need it.

The NHS deserves better.

Labour rescued the NHS after years of Tory neglect before. We’ll do it again.
• A guaranteed GP appointment within 48 hours, and the same day for those who need it.
• Repeal David Cameron’s NHS changes that put private profit before patients, so that NHS professionals can focus on your care, not competition law.
• Give patients and the public a say when changes to local services are proposed. Bring together physical health, mental health and social care into a single service to meet all of a person’s care needs – whole person care, built around patients, not bureaucrats.

You can’t trust a word that Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats say. They are breaking all their promises and have been too weak to stand up to David Cameron.

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One Response to Two doctors campaigning to rescue the NHS from the Tories

  1. … We will repeal David Cameron’s NHS changes …

    How do you do this without imposing another parliament’s worth of “top down change” as you get rid of clinical commissioning groups (redundancy payments) and set up strategic health authorities (recruiting) etc. etc. (Please don’t give us Medics and Sickness Commissioners)

    Is it now easier to change the terms of reference that the current structures have, and to derogate from the TTIP poisoned chalice that the Tories and their corporate friends are foisting on us?

    I suspect that a lot of the changes that the Cons have inflicted on us will prove remarkably difficult to undo – and trying to do so may be an enormous distraction.

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