All the different members of staff in our National Health Service are working so hard to provide the decent care we all need at different times in our lives. They do a tough job and we know that money for our NHS has been cut to the bone. Every penny is vital and it’s now virtually impossible to make it go as far as we need it to…in fact we just can’t. So it’s very disturbing to learn that our own local services have suffered another blow.
The Tory Government has denied our very own Queen Alexandra (QA) hospital an additional £7.6 million of funding.
With 240 people stuck in beds every month, because the social care they need to recuperate isn’t available, the hospital failed to meet the financial conditions needed to gain the money. The Sustainability and Transformation Funding (STF) would have made a significant difference to our struggling local health services and it’s a travesty that such a decision has been made.
With less money going into our local health needs and the same situation repeated across the country, things will only get worse. Hospital waiting lists will get even longer, so will delays to GP appointments and there’ll be an even greater loss of doctors, nurses and care staff from the service.
Yet the Tory Government tells us they’re putting more money into health. They claim their increase to the Department of Health’s budget between 2015/16 and 2020/21 is £10 billion, but the independent think tank The King’s Fund, says it is far closer to £4.5 billion. So if the Tories stick to this amount, The King’s Fund say there is every prospect of patients waiting even longer for treatment and care being increasingly rationed.
Staff shortages have contributed to the financial problems of our health service too. Locums used to plug the gaps are expensive and greatly increase costs to the NHS.With tougher working conditions, and greater financial pressures, increasing numbers of people are leaving the health professions. It’s little wonder when, for example, parking costs at their workplaces are costing some nurses over £100 a month alone. It cannot be right that 6,500 of them have even been reduced to using food banks because their wages will not stretch to the end of the month either. Janet Davies, head of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said: ‘…for almost entirely all nurses, this is the worst it’s been.’
This is a dreadful situation and our NHS is facing a state of emergency.
Labour has policies to ensure that our hospitals, health services and NHS staff get the funding and support they need so desperately.
Let’s stop this NHS emergency before it’s too late. Please vote Labour!