Caring for our NHS
This year, the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday. The introduction of the NHS by Labour completely transformed people’s lives, giving access to world-class healthcare to all, regardless of their ability to pay.
To mark the occasion, Stephen has proudly run a campaign to thank the phenomenal NHS staff in our city who deliver lifesaving work, even in the toughest times. This has included nominating local domestic assistant Rose Bennett for the Parliamentary NHS ‘Health Heroes’ Lifetime Achievement Award which she went on to win.
But despite recognising the excellent work of NHS staff, Stephen is also realistic about the fundamental challenges surrounding funding, recruitment and retention, that face our NHS.
Our MP regularly meets health chiefs, charities and local groups, has campaigned alongside local parents and children to make the drug Orkambi available for those with Cystic Fibrosis and improvements to treatment for PKU sufferers.
Stephen recently brought to Portsmouth the Shadow Health Secretary to visit QA hospital. He wants to ensure a national focus on our city and has pressed the Government on a range of local issues including access to GPs, the adequacy of mental health services and investment social care.
“The Tories have failed to secure the long-term financial future of the NHS. Previously, government funding has come too little, too late. They must do better; Portsmouth can simply not afford a repeat of this year’s winter crisis. I’m fighting hard to make sure QA gets the money it needs to improve urgent care in our city”.