Fighting for our NHS

Fighting for our NHS

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I have worked for our NHS for over 15 years, three of which as a GP Practice Manager in Enfield. It is disappointing to see what this Tory-led government is doing to our NHS. They have enacted legislation to open up greater privatisation, services are fragmenting and there are longer waiting times.

A Labour government will scrap the Tories' Health and Social Care Act which is allowing market forces into our NHS and allowing privatisation through the back-door.

The Tories' broke their promise not to downgrade Chase Farm Hospital. Consequently, North Mid has been missing its A&E targets and there have been queueing ambulances.

Labour's NHS Time to Care Fund will help to ease the pressure on our NHS.

A Labour government will recruit 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs -- paid for by a Mansion Tax on houses worth more than £2 million.

As a GP practice manager, I have had to deal with the fallout and the frustrated patients, unable to see their GP. So I welcome Labour's pledge to guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours and on the same day if needed.

Mental health has long been neglected with many patients not receiving the care that they need. The next Labour government will prioritise mental health services with a new right to access talking therapies, enshrined in the NHS constitution. 

Ed Miliband's government will also guarantee that cancer patients do not wait more than one week for vital tests and results by 2020.

Only a Labour government can save our NHS.

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Kate Osamor MP

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