The Tory Government Has Denied QA Hospital Critical Funding!

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QA Hospital has lost out on critical funding through no fault of its own

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.

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Many NHS Nurses are under severe financial pressure

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.

care-for-nhs-labourLabour 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!

Labour’s Great Plan To End Hospital Car Park Charges In England

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On Monday 8th May, Jeremy Corbyn announced that Labour will end car parking charges at NHS England hospitals.

Labour intend to be able to do this by raising insurance tax on private healthcare to 20%.

That seems very fair to me.

I was talking to people visiting QA hospital this morning and they certainly welcomed these plans, as do families living in roads near the hospital.

When I arrived at QA there was a very large queue for the main car park, but there were also many cars driving slowly, trying to find parking space for a short term stay. As with hospitals all over the country, this type of parking space is in very limited supply.

But for all those patients and visitors trying to park at QA, there were others trying to find parking space outside the hospital.

The result is that roads in Wymering and Paulsgrove are often filled with cars owned by hospital visitors and staff. This is not good for local residents, who often struggle to find a place to park themselves.

However, in some ways you cannot blame QA Hospital visitors and some of their hard-pressed staff from trying to find parking space elsewhere, because the hospital parking fees are high and can add an extra burden on what is often already a stressful hospital visit or a hard and stressful day’s work.

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Outside QA Hospital main entrance

Labour’s plan for free parking at NHS hospitals will not only take away this element of stress, but will be a huge benefit to patients – especially those who have to make frequent hospital visits – and to those visiting friends and relatives.

The plan will also benefit all those hospital staff, already suffering from having their pay frozen, and at least give them a little extra money per week to spend on essential bills.
And add free parking for staff to the promised pay increases for hospital staff under a Labour Government, and our NHS staff will at least begin to benefit from all their hard and expert work.

I can understand that some will say that raising insurance tax on private health care is not patient-friendly, but for most of us who cannot afford private health care and who are struggling to make ends meet as it is, knowing that we can park for free when we visit a hospital will be a very real help.

As Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday:

“Our hospitals are struggling from underfunding at the hands of Theresa May’s Conservative government, but the gap should not be filled by charging sick patients, anxious relatives and already hard-pressed NHS staff for an essential service. Our NHS needs a Labour government that will stand up for the many, not the few.”

I think this is excellent Labour policy. Labour knows that we need a health service we can rely on in every way. So please vote Labour on June 8th this year, to protect our NHS patients and staff.