“For too long our NHS and social care services have been systematically underfunded. Underfunding is so severe the A&E target has been effectively abandoned for a year.”
On Saturday, Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, joined campaigners and took to the streets outside Warrington Hospital to call for an end to the underfunding and privatisation of the NHS.
Similar campaign events were held across the country as thousands of people came together to call for better funding of our NHS.
Under the Conservatives the NHS is experiencing another winter crisis, with hospitals at full capacity, ambulances backed up, cancelled operations and patients waiting for hours on trolleys.
Since 2010, the number of people waiting longer than 4 hours in A&E has soared. Under the Conservatives it is now harder to see a GP, with one in four people waiting a week or more to see or speak to somebody, or not getting an appointment at all. Cuts to adult social care budgets are expected to reach £6.3 billion by the end of 2017/18 and the Government has failed to set out a proper plan to fund it.
Faisal Rashid MP said:
“On Saturday I was proud to stand alongside fellow NHS campaigners outside Warrington Hospital to fight for our fantastic NHS and NHS staff.
“It is a disgrace that after eight years of neglect under the Conservatives our NHS is now at crisis point.
“For too long our NHS and social care services have been systematically underfunded. Underfunding is so severe the A&E target has been effectively abandoned for a year.
“Labour has warned repeatedly that the NHS funding squeeze imposed by the Government is damaging standards of patient care. It is time to end the cuts and provide the funding that our NHS needs.
“A Labour Government would stand up for our NHS. We would give the NHS the funding it urgently needs, cut waiting lists by guaranteeing treatment within 18 weeks, put safe staffing levels into law and ease the pressure on the NHS by properly funding social care. A Labour Government will give the NHS the support and funding it needs.”