The York Labour Party family joined in St Helen’s Square to call for more funding for the NHS.
Last Saturday (November 26) Rachael Maskell MP for York Central, joined the York Labour Party in St Helen’s Square, to take part in the national campaign day, ‘Care for the NHS’, which demanded that Theresa May, the Prime Minister, gives the NHS the funding it needs now.
The NHS is facing the biggest financial squeeze in its history. Waiting lists are at 3.9 million and A&Es are in crisis. Yet in the Government’s Autumn Statement on November 23 there wasn’t a penny of extra investment for the NHS or social care.
This means that the Autumn Statement has failed one of the key challenges facing us: the funding crisis the Tories have created in our health service. The Tories have ignored the chorus of voices pleading for them to address the mess they’ve created in social care with cuts of £4.5 billion to the budget, and they’ve offered nothing extra to the NHS which is facing financial crisis with soaring deficits.
The NHS now has the worst deficits on record, standing at £2.45 billion with 1.8 million people waiting four hours or more in A&E. Labour have launched a national petition which can be found online at labour.org.uk/nhs to demand that the NHS gets the funding it needs.
York Labour Party held several street stalls last Saturday, including those in Bishopthorpe Road and Acomb Front Street, when the petition was launched.
Bishy Road welcomed the York Labour Party’s campaign.
Rachael Maskell MP says:
“The NHS is at crisis point. We now have the worst deficits on record, with around 3.9 million people on the waiting list to start treatment. The combination of increasing demand and the longest and deepest financial squeeze in NHS history continues to put our health service under strain.
“Ideological cuts by this Government to local authority budgets have seen councils scale back social care services, placing the NHS, under considerable strain. The fact that fewer people are able to access social care and that social care funding has reduced significantly has placed unprecedented demand on the health service.
“In York under this Government, we have seen the closure of our main mental health hospital, Bootham Park and are now witnessing the cost-cutting closure of Archways community recovery and rehabilitation unit. We have also learnt from the recently published Humber Coast and Vale Sustainability and Transformation Plan that £420m is expected to be cut from its budgets.
“It is clear that this Government has completely failed concerning our NHS. They have failed to address workforce planning issues, with one in four patients now waiting a week or more to see or speak to a GP or nurse. They have also fallen short of meeting many of their own major performance targets, including ones for A&E, ambulances, routine operations and cancer care.
“Having worked in the NHS for 20 years before becoming the MP for York Central, I know how much it means to all of us. It is where our important life events have occurred; it is the one thing that we know we can rely on when our health needs are challenged, but there is real question over how long we can have this peace of mind.
“We now need a Labour Government more than ever to ensure that the NHS is properly funded, with joined up services from home to hospital and a properly integrated health and social care service. Labour created the NHS to care for us all and today we continue the fight for it’s future.”
As did Acomb Front Street