20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs. We will join up services from home to hospital, guaranteeing GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week
People in Lincoln see our local NHS services are extremely strained – GP appointments are difficult to come by, operations are being cancelled and County Hospital has been on ‘black alert’ with an A&E at crisis point and a shortage of beds. There is widespread recognition that we badly need to restore our NHS to health and a real sense of anger at this government for its wasteful reorganisation and its pernicious back-door privatisation. The problem, like the Tories’ NHS agenda, is painfully obvious. Residents I speak to know where the blame lies; what they want to hear from Labour are the solutions – and that the solutions are workable and costed.
As I am sure is the case around the country, Labour’s ‘Time to Care’ plan is rightly very popular with the voters. More doctors, nurses, midwives and homecare workers would make a real difference to our hospital, where staff are currently overstretched. Equally, a guaranteed GP appointment within 48 hours, or sooner if needed, is precisely the kind of very simple, clear policy which speaks directly to the frustration many here are currently experiencing.
As well as these more immediate fixes, Labour’s plan to join up health and social care services also meets with approval. People want to know that their NHS is preparing for the future; a future with an increasingly elderly population and one in which preventative care is key. Labour’s plan to integrate home and hospital care does exactly that.
Lucy Rigby is parliamentary candidate for Lincoln
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