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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.

Julian Ware-Lane backs Labour’s plans for 20,000 extra nurses

Julian Ware-Lane, Labour candidate for Southend West has backed Labour’s plans to recruit 20,000 more nurses by 2020, including 1,800 in the East of England.

Under this government, nurse numbers have failed to keep pace with demand while more than half of nurses say their ward is dangerously understaffed.

Unlike the Tories, Labour will protect the NHS and ensure we have a health service ready to meet future challenges.

That’s why the next Labour government will provide these much-needed extra nurses. They will help ensure safe staffing in hospitals and provide personalised care outside hospitals – helping us to transform services so the NHS can meet the care needs of the 21st century.

These extra nurses will be funded through the Time to Care Fund – raised from a mansion tax on properties over £2m, cracking down on tax avoidance and a new levy on tobacco firms

Julian Ware-Lane said: “Our health service is in crisis under the Tories. The NHS as we know it cannot survive another five years of David Cameron.

“If we want a world-class NHS then we need enough nurses with the time to care for patients. That’s why I’m proud that the next Labour government will bring in the Time to Care fund which will see the East of England benefit from 1,800 more nurses.

“The truth is that only Labour can save the NHS from the Tories. Our plan is a blueprint to raise standards of care and ensure our health service is sustainable in the 21st century.”

Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, said: “David Cameron has brought the NHS to the brink. There are too few staff on our wards, the bill for agency nurses is out of control and hospitals are forced to travel overseas to recruit nurses because of Cameron’s cuts to nurse training places.

“This cannot carry on. Labour will recruit more nurses in every region of England including 1,800 in the East of England. We want this new generation of nurses to be home-grown and will offer young people a new ladder into the NHS.

“This will help build an NHS with time to care, that starts in people’s homes, ends the scandal of 15-minute visits and helps keep people out of hospital.”

Liz Day

Whilst I would normally rejoice at the resignation of a Conservative councillor, I do not when this is forced on them through ill health. I wish Liz Day all the best in her tough battle in the coming months.

The day after the local elections in 2012 I went to Southend-on-Sea’s Civic Centre to officially become a councillor. There are forms that have to be completed.

On entering on spotted another councillor, Liz Day having been re-elected in West Shoebury. She was cheery and welcoming, I mentioned that she shared her name with one of my wife’s aunts.

There has been little interaction since, not least because her ill health has seen some absences. When she has been present Liz contributes to the debate – and sometimes I have even agreed with her.

Tony Cox reports her departure here, and I leave it to others to speculate as to who is the likely second Conservative candidate in West Shoebury.

As this news has only just been announced Labour does not yet have a second candidate for this ward.

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