The NHS is under enormous pressure at the moment, especially since the government’s ill-judged reorganisation, which wasted £3 billion. Oxford East MP Andrew Smith is at the forefront of campaigns for our local NHS services and health workers, raising issues in Parliament and helping individual constituents.
Andrew said “The NHS is rightly a huge issue for people in Oxford. It is a key priority for me to stand up for our local services and the staff that provide them. We are lucky to have such fantastic local hospitals and healthcare facilities, but they are being stretched to the limit. GP services, community and social care are under huge pressure too. More resources for front-line care are clearly needed. Labour have shown how we can provide an additional £2.5 billion in funding for the NHS. This would mean 20,000 more
nurses, 8,000 more family doctors, 3,000 more midwives and 5,000 more care workers. Labour would also guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours, cut waiting times at A&E and repeal the Health & Social Care Bill which allows for part-privatisation.
I will continue to work closely with local residents and health workers to get the best possible health and social care for our community.”
Sally Copley, prospective parliamentary candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon, said "I know from speaking to people across the constituency that there is real concern about our NHS that so many rely on or work in. Labour has a plan to provide the additional support our health service needs, rather than flog off bits of the NHS like the Tories and Lib Dems have done."