Gwynne backs Labour pledge of a fully-funded NHS

WhatsApp Image 2017-05-18 at 11.39.53Local Labour candidate for the Denton and Reddish constituency, Andrew Gwynne, has backed the Labour Party’s announcement that an incoming Labour government would increase NHS spending by £37 billion as the party launched its general election manifesto.

The extra funding would be focused on relieving the strain on Accident and Emergency centres, reducing NHS waiting lists by one million, as well as £10 billion on upgrading IT systems and repairing buildings.

Last winter was one of the toughest ever for the NHS with a Health Foundation review of official NHS data between 2011-12 and 2016-17 finding longer waits for cancer, A&E and routine operations.[1]

NHS England’s figures for A&E performance shows that there has been a considerable rise in those waiting more than four-hours before being seen. In 2010-11 over 97.5% of patients were seen within four-hours[2], however, figures for 2016-17 show that this had dropped to just 89%[3], far below the official target of 95%.

The proposals were part of Labour’s fully costed plans released this week, including a pledge to freeze tax for 95% of earners.[4]

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Our NHS is under immense strain with a government who won’t support hard working NHS staff with the funding they need and led by a weak Health Secretary.

“A Labour government will give our hospitals the funding they need to improve treatment times, rebuild and repair their buildings and upgrade their IT systems to ensure our information is safe.”

[1] http://www.health.org.uk/sites/health/files/Election%20briefing%20Quality%20of%20care%20in%20the%20NHS%20In%20the%20Balance.pdf

[2] https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/04/AE-Week-Ending-30.01.2011-rev2.xls

[3] https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/06/Monthly-AE-Report-March-17-1.pdf

[4] http://www.labour.org.uk/page/-/Images/manifesto-2017/Funding%20Britain%27s%20Future.PDF

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