I was privileged to be the MP for Worsley from 2005 to 2010 and I am honoured to have been re-elected as the MP for the new constituency of Worsley and Eccles South. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. I have always worked hard for local people and campaigned on issues that are important to them and I will do my very best for the people of Worsley and Eccles South in future.
The election results were uncertain nationally and the Liberal Democrats are propping up the Tories in the new coalition government. I will support any changes which are positive but I will oppose the coalition government vigorously on anything which I see as negative or damaging. As well as my important job in representing Worsley and Eccles South at Westminster, I have been appointed as a Shadow Health Minister. I will be watching the decisions of the new coalition Government on Health and Social Care closely to make sure they do not damage the progress made by the Labour Government.
Labour left the NHS at its strongest, with waiting times and infection rates at an all time low and patient satisfaction at an all time high. We prioritised the NHS and increased investment in health services every year. We also gave people guarantees about the levels of service they could expect. Labour guarantees to patients meant not having to wait longer than four hours in Accident and Emergency departments, or longer than eighteen weeks to receive hospital treatment or two weeks to see a cancer specialist.
The Conservative/Liberal Democrat Government plan to scrap these patient guarantees and I fear that this will lead to increased waiting times. I will oppose any changes to NHS services which threaten the excellent standards achieved under Labour. It is vitally important that local people continue to receive a good standard of care from the NHS.