March 26, 2015 4 Comments
March 24, 2015 Leave a comment
Analysis shows that in the next three years the Tories are planning cuts to public services which are deeper than any year of the last parliament; and in the next three years cuts to public services will be almost twice the level of the last three years. OECD countries which have cut public spending at the pace which George Osborne plans have ended up cutting health spending.
Britain needs a better plan. Labour will get the deficit down in a more sensible and balanced way. And we have a fully-funded plan to save our NHS and transform it for the future.
Labour’s plan means 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and cancer tests guaranteed within one week. And we’ll pay for it by closing tax loopholes and a mansion tax on properties worth over £2 million.
March 3, 2015 Leave a comment
I have just been taking a peak at the Southend-on-Sea Health Profile 2014. Here are some highlights, if that is the appropriate term.
Health in summary
The health of people in Southend-on-Sea is varied compared with the England average. Deprivation is higher than average and about 23.5% (7,700) children live in poverty. Life expectancy for women is lower than the England average.
Life expectancy is 10.1 years lower for men and 9.7 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Southend-on-Sea than in the least deprived areas.
Health inequalities is something that deeply concerns me, and it is something I have brought up on a number of occasions in council meetings, and elsewhere. This map illustrates the issue quite neatly. The darker the green, the more deprived the area.
Whilst it is true that this map represents generalisations, it clearly shows a large cluster of deprivation in the town centre wards.
The profile, in full, can be accessed here.
February 16, 2015 1 Comment
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.