My statement in support of #SaveSouthend A&E as the Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Rochford and Southend East
“As the Labour Party Rochford and Southend East Parliamentary candidate for the election in June I am proud to support the campaign to save Southend’s A&E. Labour is listening and if elected into government we pledge to immediately halt the Tories’ ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ (STP) programme and to insist that plans be redesigned around the needs of patients not the economic targets.
“A Labour Government will ask a new body – NHS Excellence – to lead that review with patients and local communities involved at every stage. Any proposed changes to local services must be driven by clinical evidence and patient need, not by financial considerations.
“Much of the chaos and confusion around our health services is caused by the Tories’ disastrous Health & Social Care Act, which we, along with professional and patient groups warned would have a terrible effect on the NHS. Our health services including primary care and adult social care are under massive pressure and it is clear that the Conservatives are going in the wrong direction. I pledge to work tirelessly for a whole healthcare system that is fit for the 21st Century.
“The NHS is not a ‘nice to have’ or a ‘luxury’, it is at the heart of what it is to be British and as a cancer survivor myself I know how crucial it is to us all. That’s why I am standing for Labour on the 8th of June and why I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you all to resist the attacks on our hospital and health services.
Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate, Rochford and Southend East