NHS meeting in Drighlington

It was pretty cold and wet on Friday evening and so thank you to all those who braved the weather and came along to my meeting about the NHS in Drighlington.

Over the last few weeks I’ve had a series of these meetings across the constituency. What’s clear from all my discussions is just how much local people really care about our health service.

And in any given week, most of us know someone who has accessed the NHS either as a patient or because they work in the health service. And  hearing their first-hand experiences is incredibly helpful for me as your Member of Parliament.

On Friday I heard from staff and patients about their concern about waiting times, staff morale and stress levels and increasing alarm about creeping privatisation of services.

There was also lots of support for the need for more resources for the health service too. As I’ve said before, I want to see a Time to Care Fund raising the extra money desperately needed to invest in the NHS.

Labour’s plans will raise £2.5 billion for the health service by introducing new taxes on tobacco companies, clamping down on tax avoidance, including by hedge funds, as well as a mansion tax on properties worth more than £2 million. This new money would pay for 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives working in the health service by 2020.

Those who have attended my local meetings over the last few months really want to see more resources for our NHS. They also make sure I know what is going on with our healthcare locally. I’m using the findings from these meetings to inform my work in Westminster on behalf of local people.

Thank you to all those who came along on Friday as well as to all those who’ve come along to the other meetings over the last few weeks or sent back their views on one of my NHS surveys.

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Posted December 22nd, 2014 by admin

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