NHS Time To Care Fund
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24 Sep 2014
The NHS is one of our greatest achievements but it’s struggling under a Government which has wasted billions on an unnecessary top-down reorganisation.
One of the issues that local people regularly talk to me about is their struggle to see a GP. The nurses and doctors that serve our area do a great job but under this Government one in four people now wait a week or more for a GP appointment. Our fantastic nurses and doctors know better than anyone the pressures our NHS is under and we need to do more to support them. Because if your child is ill or if your elderly parent has been injured, you want to know that they will be seen and treated as soon as possible.
We need more nurses, more GPs, more care workers and more midwives. By appointing these additional staff, our doctors and nurses will have the time they need to care properly for patients, as well as transforming services in communities and at home.
A Time to Care Fund would not be paid for through more borrowing or by raising taxes on everyday working people. Instead, the money could be raised from a tax on houses worth over £2 million, a co-ordinated crackdown against tax avoidance, and by ensuring tobacco companies contribute towards the costs they impose on the NHS.
We need a world-class health and care service that is equipped to address the modern challenges that come from an ageing population, more people living with chronic conditions, the rise of mental health and a higher premium on preventing illness.