We need to rescue the NHS. No more privatisations, more support for our amazing NHS staff, more doctors, nurses and midwives and bringing together social care and the health service. A guarantee that you'll be able to see a GP in 48 hours or sooner if you need it and help for doctors to ensure this happens. That's Labour's plan for the NHS, but what about the Tories? They want to cut public spending back to 1930s levels - that's before the UK had an NHS and welfare support.
The NHS is in crisis and its future will be determined by the election in May. I'm proud to have been born in the NHS and proud it has saved the lives of friends and family. It now needs our help. Let's give our support to the NHS staff who have been so let down by this government and offer hope that we can save the NHS.
Tory election launch ignores their NHS crisis
The Tories launched their election campaign today - and the NHS isn't part of it.
Last week's A&E figures exposed the worst week the NHS has experienced in living memory, with record numbers waiting over four hours to be seen, and hospitals around the country declaring "major incident" status. With the NHS so important to everyone in this country, and the Tory NHS crisis worsening day after day, it's a staggering omission by David Cameron to fail to make the NHS one of his six election themes.
A&E crisis means people in Plymouth are waiting longer for the care they need.
The NHS is amazing
NHS staff here in Plymouth do an amazing job in very difficult circumstances. What we need is a government that will give the NHS the resources it needs, stop NHS privatisation and lower waiting times for A&E and operations.
In the last week a lot of people have contacted me with their experiences of the NHS. In every example the people I spoke to praised the work of doctors and nurses. But people are having to wait longer and longer to see their GP and this in turn, when combined with cuts to social care, means A&E and hospitals are struggling. The NHS has been cut, hacked apart, reorganised and privatised since 2010 and amidst this confusing maze the NHS staff are trying to deliver first-class care. Let's get behind the NHS.
We all need to realise that the NHS is on the ballot paper in May and the choices are clear: privatise the NHS with the Tories or rescue and invest in the NHS with Labour.
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