Angela getting ready to campaign for our NHS
Angela finds it terrible that when the NHS is facing the biggest financial squeeze in its history - when waiting lists are at four million, when A&Es are in crisis – that the Autumn Statement contained not a single penny piece of extra investment for social care and the NHS.
The Government has ignored the chorus of voices pleading for them to address the mess they’ve created in social care with cuts of £4.5 billion to social care budgets. And they’ve offered nothing extra to the NHS which is facing financial crisis with soaring deficits. The truth is that the Governments health policies are failing our health service. Patients are facing longer waits, with hospitals overcrowded, understaffed and facing financial crisis.
Commenting, Angela says;
“Only Labour will stand up for the NHS. We will always make sure the resources are there to make sure joined up services from home to hospital with a properly integrated health and social care service work. Under this government the NHS has been plunged into a financial crisis with trusts in record deficit and struggling to meet day to day costs. Hospitals have been starved of investment and left with crumbling buildings and out of date equipment.”
Every expert body in the country from NHS providers to the BMA to the Health Select Committee are telling the Government the NHS doesn’t have the funding it needs. Across England secret Sustainability and Transformation Plans are being drawn up to transform services and healthcare delivery. Labour are concerned that these plans have been drawn up with minimal local public, political or even clinical consultation. We are calling on the Government to publish the plans immediately and to embark on a full consultation and engagement process with patients, staff, trade unions, local authorities and members of the public.
Angela becomes a species champion for the Hen Harrier
Angela has recently joined forces with a group of seven wildlife organisations to stand up for the Hen Harrier as part of the MP Species Champion Project, and is working to bring political support to the protection and promotion of this threatened species. For more information visit the project website: https://www.buglife.org.uk/specieschampions