Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has pledged his support to the campaign by the Labour Party as it calls for the Government to bring forward a winter bailout fund of £500m to protect patients who are relying on overstretched NHS services.
During Theresa May’s first winter as Prime Minister, NHS patients suffered the worst waiting lists on record. Now new analysis from Labour shows that if Theresa May oversees a collapse on the same scale as last year, 10,000 people will be waiting more than 4 hours for A&E every day, with hundreds of operations cancelled and waiting lists growing.
Labour is calling for the Government to protect patients by making an immediate announcement on this year’s winter funding focused on:
- Increasing capacity in hospitals to cope the with the spike in demand during the winter months.
- Allowing hospitals to secure additional staffing without resorting to costly agency staff.
- Delivering effective arrangements between NHS and social care to reduce delayed transfers of care.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Last winter, as Theresa May spent her time planning for a tactical general election which backfired spectacularly, she stuck her head in the sand and refused to give the NHS the money it needed to keep services running properly.
“This winter we face the same threat, that is why Labour is calling for a comprehensive package of emergency support, including a new £500 million winter bailout fund, to urgently be put in place so that patients don’t suffer the same pain as last year all over again.
“If she can find £1 billion for a bung to the DUP, then she can surely find the money to help our already overstretched NHS staff.”