Kate Hollern MP

Working Hard for Blackburn

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An NHS in crisis with a Government that either doesn't understand or just doesn't care

The government is out of touch, out of ideas and out of their depth when it comes to the NHS.

Last week the Queen came to parliament to make her annual speech, this speech is used by the government to set out their priorities over the next year.

I, along with many of my Labour Party colleagues were hoping for new legislation to support and improve our beloved NHS. Unfortunately new plans were not forthcoming.

The challenges facing the NHS are vast, it’s because of the actions of government that incredibly hardworking NHS staff are more stretched than they ever have been.

Its beggar’s belief that the government think business as usual for the NHS is suitable.

Business as usually for this government means;

  • Waiting lists on the rise, with three million people already on the English waiting lists.
  • Further closures of NHS facilities coming down the tracks as hospitals face a financial crisis
  • Plans to cut the NHS student bursaries, vital for the recruiting nurses, midwives and other specialists at a time of understaffing.
  • A&E departments across the land stretched to the point of pain

This isn’t even to mention a health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who on his watch saw junior doctors out on strike over new contracts, only to climb down and start negotiating months later – after spending weeks making pan-faced claims that negotiation wasn’t possible.

The problems in the NHS have been felt close to home. Chorley’s Accident and Emergency department closed recently, this has led to fears of a busier A&E department in Blackburn.

Many constituents may have heard of a recent alarming night at Blackburn’s A&E department at the Royal Blackburn.

There was a waiting time of over 6 hours and ambulances were left standing on the tarmac with the sick inside for up to 3 hours. This government has an obligation to sort it out.

The NHS is a truly great institution, it is adored in the UK and envied the world over but sadly its future is in the cold and uncaring hands of the Tory government.

Be assured the Labour Party has always and will always do all it can to support our NHS and maybe the in the next 12 months the government will realise the problems in front of them and come forward with serious action to help the NHS. We can only hope.

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