Standing up for the NHS

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It is time for a properly integrated health and social care service

In the second in a series of articles on national and local issues, I set out what my commitments will be if elected to the city council on 5 May. The second is on the national health service.

Both the Tories – and Lib Dems when they joined them in government – are putting our NHS at risk.

Patients are suffering longer waits with over three million people on the English waiting list alone. It is harder to see a GP now. And hospitals are understaffed and facing financial crisis. Tory cuts to social care are piling even more pressure onto our NHS.

Labour will stand up for the NHS. The party will invest in the NHS and join up services from home to hospital with a properly integrated health and social care service. And we will make sure that mental health is given the same priority as physical health.

My commitments to you:

a84bf8a7-bc54-4dd0-bc6a-a11c5fccb16fIf elected for you in Charles Dickens ward for the city council this May, I will:

  • continue the fight to keep healthcare services in the city centre after a successful campaign to think otherwise about closing the health provision at Guildhall Walk
  • champion closer working between health and social care so that services are improved for all residents
  • seek to protect health funding so that we can finally tackle the inequalities we see in the ward on issues such as life expectancy
  • support initiatives which promote health and wellbeing and active lifestyles
  • encourage the use of social prescribing to better integrate the work of the voluntary sector in local health and social care
  • fight to protect adult social care services from further cuts because older people in Portsmouth deserve better.

If you have other ideas or suggestions to stand up for our NHS, get in touch.