Today Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Redditch, Rebecca Blake, is marking six months to go till the General Election by setting out her ‘NHS contract with Redditch.’
Rebecca has set six promises with the people of Redditch. The six promises are one for each month till the General Election in May 2015.
As MP for Redditch with a Labour government, we promise to:
Make the NHS our number one priority. Labour founded the NHS and we will be the party who saves it.
Fight to keep services at the Alex Hospital.
The Alex is our most important community asset. It is crucial that we keep services at our hospital.
Guarantee that you will be able to see a GP within 48 hours.
The Tories have created a crisis in A&E, and thousands of people can’t get a GP appointment when they need one. Labour will guarantee that you will be able to see a GP within 48 hours, which will help to tackle A&E waiting times.
When Mick from Winyates has endured prostate cancer and is diabetic, he shouldn’t have to wait 27 days for a GP appointment.
Provide fairer access to mental health services.
Mental health will be the priority it deserves to be. People will have access to the treatment and services they need. NHS staff will receive mental health training.
When Mark from Southcrest found himself in crisis due to long-term mental illness, he should not be told by his GP a referral back to mental health services would take months.
Recruit 3,000 more midwives, 5,000 more homecare workers, 8,000 more GPs and 20,000 more nurses, paid for by a Mansion Tax, clamping down on tax avoidance and a tax on the tobacco firms.
Labour’s ‘Time to Care’ fund will address a growing problem which has meant one in four people not getting a GP appointment within a week, more than half of nurses saying their wards are dangerously understaffed, and community care services which can often prevent people from needing expensive hospital treatment in crisis.
This fund will give doctors and nurses the time to care properly for patients, as well as beginning to transform services in communities and at home so our NHS can meet the challenges of the 21st Century at a time of unprecedented financial pressure.
Make sure that patients suspected of having cancer are tested and receive their results within a week.
This is intended as a first step towards achieving one-week access to key tests for all urgent diagnostics by 2025, saving lives – and saving hundreds of millions a year in NHS costs for treating conditions diagnosed late.