Our NHS is in crisis after a decade of Tory austerity. Waiting times for operations are at record highs. Plymothians are waiting years to see a dentist. And ambulances are spending whole 12 hour shifts at Derriford because of bed shortages.
Patients and staff deserve better. I spent a shift at Derriford Emergency Department tonight to see the crisis first hand and speak with our fantastic NHS teams about what needs to change.
Thank you to the brilliant team in the Emergency Department for letting me shadow them. Staff are working their socks off under unrelenting pressure.
I also appeared on BBC Politics South West to discuss Labour’s plan to rescue our health service. We will abolish non-dom tax status to double the number of medical school places each year, provide 10,000 more nursing and midwifery clinical training places each year, double the number of district nurses qualifying, and fund 5,000 more health visitors each year.