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.

Labour Has Plans For Our Childrens Health – And they are Great!

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Jeremy Corbyn Pledges To Improve The Health Of the Nation’s Children – BBC Library

Labour is always concerned with the Nation’s health and today’s announcement by the Labour Party Policy and Research team demonstrates that Labour is very concerned about the health and wellfare of our children.

After all, healthy children are much more likely to grow up to be healthy adults and young people.

As I said in my post yesterday on Labour plans for the nation’s health, every nation relies upon its people for growth and prosperity.

So planning for a healthy nation (rather than, like the Tories, relying on private financiers to choose what is ‘cost effective’ for our healthcare) makes perfect sense.

I have known for a long time that Labour has very good plans for health, education, housing, employment rights, transport and many other policies to deal with essential issues.

And now all these policies are being outlined in the run up to the June 8th General Election.

With this in mind, I will be posting Labour Policy Announcements, as they occur, to special pages on this site.

Today’s announcement covers the health and wellbeing of the nation’s children.

Here is the link so you can read the announcement for yourself:

Labour’s Major Program To Improve Our Childrens Health

And here’s the link to my Labour Policy Announcements Page.

I hope you find them useful!

We Need A Health Service We Can Rely On

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From the News Portsmouth

From difficulties in getting an appointment to see a GP, to our A&E department spending 134 days on ‘black alert’ and ambulance crews stuck outside QA Hospital when they should have been on call for other emergencies, Portsmouth people are not getting the health care they deserve.

We all know of someone who has struggled to see a doctor when they or their child was ill, but it’s not the doctor’s fault that it is sometimes difficult to get an appointment. It is because GP surgeries are being forced to close when doctors retire and cannot be replaced, or they are having to almagamate with other surgeries to form large ‘Health Centres’.

All this leads to fear and uncertainty. There was a time not that long ago when we knew that we would be able to make a forward appointment to see a GP, but in some Portsmouth Health Centres this can be very difficult.

Why is this happening to our doctors surgeries?

Because many doctors are choosing not to become GPs, with all the stress, long hours and uncertaintly involved. And some of our best junior doctors are struggling to remain positive about their work when they have been put on new contracts which will leave them over-tired and fearful of making mistakes with our care because of this.

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Overworked nurse cartoon – Nurses station

QA hospital relies on nurses from all over the World, and yet less new nurses are being trained or wishing to continue working in the NHS. And who can really blame them? Not only have NHS training bursaries been cut so that students now have to take out a loan to cover their training, but for those who have qualified already, the system is under such strain that their working lives are incredibly stressful, and with real term cuts to nurses wages their income is not keeping up with the cost of living.

In fact, QA Hospital is struggling in all areas. It is struggling to find beds for new patients who need acute care and some operations have to be cancelled and yet the staff are working the hardest they have ever worked.

Why is this happening to our hospitals?

Because Tory Government cuts to social care mean that many patients have to stay in hospital longer because there is no nursing home accomodation for them. 240 people are stuck in beds every month. It is certainly not their fault and they don’t want to be there. It is Tory government cuts which have led to this dreadful situation.

The Tories are taking the country backwards to the days when most people feared being ill in case they couldn’t get the help they needed.

So what will Labour do to stop the decline of our Health service?

When the Tories fail to give the NHS funds they are making a choice to ignore our health care needs.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Labour will always give the NHS the money and support it needs. Labour will bring back training bursaries for nurses; it will ensure that public companies get a fair deal when tendering for NHS services, rather than allowing private companies to drain our NHS of money in their haste to make a profit, and Labour will give NHS staff and services real funds, rather than the much too little and much too late amounts that the tories grudgingly hand out.

And to ensure better organisation and communicatiion within our Health services, Labour will join up services from home to hospital. Health and social care need to work together, so they can work for you and your family.

Any Government should realise that their best investments are in their people and in those who care for people’s health, because when people are healthy they are working and contributing back into the economy. It makes perfect sense.

care-for-nhs-labour Running a Health Service should never be about profit. It should be about CARE.
As the founders of the NHS, Labour has always known this.

So, if you want to ensure that our NHS doesn’t collapse from Tory underfunding and that we get a FREE and integrated health service that we can rely on, the answer has to be VOTE LABOUR on June 8th!