NHS Funding January 2017

Thank you for contacting me regarding your concern about the NHS funding crisis.

NHS funding has always been important for the people and their health and it saddens me to hear that two people at the Worchester Royal Hospital died on hospital trolleys while waiting in the hospital room to be seen. It simply shouldn’t have happened.

Hospital wait times have risen in the last few years. 17% of patients spent more than 4 hours in A&E in November 2016 compared to 13% in November 2015 and subsequently 5% in November 2011, according to most recent NHS data. In Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire, a local Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is being put in place, setting out how health and social care will be transformed over the next five years in hopes of strengthening regional healthcare.

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary has said “The NHS is facing a funding crisis with hospitals, GP surgeries and social care [being] dangerously overstretched… One in four patients are waiting a week or more to see their GP, or not getting an appointment at all, and thousands of patients are waiting hours in A&E and hospital trolleys.”

The previous Labour Government worked tirelessly before in order to reverse the effects of poor policies on the NHS by the Tories. And we remain dedicated to doing everything we can now to fight to restore efficient health care services. The Labour Party wants a plan not just to protect the people but to improve it for years to come in order to build a health service with the capabilities to meet the challenges of the 21st century and to remain sustainable for the future.

The Conservative Government have let the people down with fewer options than before. I find this unacceptable. Our NHS is underfunded and understaffed, with no clear direction as to how the Conservative Government plans to reverse the £22 billion budget cuts of they have taken. With no additional funding set out in the Autumn Statement, the NHS edges towards a precarious ‘tipping’ point as the Government scrambles to figure out viable solutions for the healthcare of the people.

The Conservative Government has said that they want to invest in the NHS but with health care cuts finally being felt since the founding of NHS and with no future mentions of additional budgets in the Autumn Statement, it remains to be seen how the Government plans to truly enact any real changes to help.

I thank you all for your concerns on this issue. Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the NHS funding crisis. I, alongside the rest of the Labour Party, will continue to advocate for the health of the people and champion to increase funding to the NHS in order to restore proper health care and social care services.