I want cancer survival rates in Southend West to match the best in Europe

002The UK’s cancer survival rates lag behind the rest of Europe, I am making them a priority.

#TimeToChoose

Macmillan is calling for the next government to take action to improve cancer outcomes. Currently, according to the Eurocare-5 study, the one year cancer survival rate for England is 68%, meaning 1 in 3 people with cancer die within a year of diagnosis. The best one year survival rate in Europe is 81% in Sweden.

I’m helping 5.300 ( the number living with and beyond cancer up to 20 years after diagnosis in NHS Southend CCG) people in Southend by prioritisng cancer care.

Pleased to be one of the 166

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The dementia promise

The following actions are from the Alzheimer’s Society’s General election manifesto 2015. If elected on May 7th I hope I can help make these actions a reality.

These 12 actions from the next government will improve the lives of people with dementia:

  1. Commit to increase diagnosis to at least 75% everywhere by 2017
  2. Ensure a streamlined diagnosis process to cut waiting times
  3. Ensure everyone with dementia has access to a dementia adviser
  4. Ensure everyone has the right to a carer assessment and guaranteed support
  5. Regulate that home care visits should be no less than 30 minutes
  6. Fund an annual national dementia awareness campaign
  7. Commit to all health and care settings being dementia friendly
  8. Ensure all service providers and care workers in dementia care have protected dementia training time
  9. Demonstrate leadership in creating a dementia friendly society with a commitment that all national and local government employees become Dementia Friends
  10. Double the spend on dementia research, focusing on risk reduction and improving care as well as cure
  11. Ensure every person with dementia has the same state support in managing their condition as people with cancer
  12. Develop and publish a national plan, jointly owned by government and key delivery stakeholders, to raise the ambition for people with dementia

Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015

Labour MPs and candidates supporting NHS Reinstatement Bill

I support the Labour Campaign for Mental Health

LCMH PPC pledge card

Southend West Labour Candidate calls for a Hyper Acute Stroke Unit based in Southend

Southend West Labour Candidate, Julian Ware-Lane, wants to see the best outcome for Southend people when it comes to the treatment of strokes. Julian Ware-Lane is unequivocal about his support for Southend University Hospital, and is disappointed that the two local MPs seem reluctant to back this local popular facility. A local Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) would deliver improved health outcomes for Southend people.

Southend is at the frontier of new research and treatments for stroke patients. They have recently introduced Vascular Intervention (removing brain clots via catheter) with spectacular improvement and outcomes. They are the only unit in Essex offering this treatment, which will be the benchmark for future treatment in acute stroke.

Stroke thrombolysis is not just about delivery, but also speed of delivery – there is no debate that quicker treatment improves a patient’s odds of a better outcome.

Given the shortage of stroke physicians in England and therapy staff, it would not be possible to fully staff four or five HASUs in Essex without vacancies and gaps in the rotas. The impact of fewer HASUs for Essex has been considered; the Essex SCAG has strongly recommended stroke patients be able to access expert stroke teams with 45 minutes.

Julian Ware-Lane, Labour candidate for Southend West, says: “Unlike the local Conservative Party, I back our hospital. I have used the hospital and it has always provided first class treatment. Long may it continue to do so.”

“I would repeat and support the plea previously made by Alan Tobias, Chair of the Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, that it is imperative that a joint public consultation is held urgently across South Essex with a clear précis of the clinical experts recommendations, and an agreed commitment that the CCGs will deliver the public wish.”

Julian adds: “A state of the art stroke unit would be a beneficial addition to the facilities currently on offer. Southend’s residents deserve the very best that can reasonably be offered.”

Next time, they’ll cut to the bone

VEsEAnalysis 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.

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