As the NHS marks its 65th Anniversary, Barbara has called for people in Salford to celebrate the successes of their local Health services and to support campaigns to ensure a better future for the NHS.
“Labour created the NHS in 1948 and it is one of our proudest achievements. We should celebrate the fact that we have some excellent NHS staff and that Salford Royal is the safest hospital in the North West. I have heard many reports of excellent care at Salford Royal and at the Christie Hospital. People also receive some great support from organisations like Salford Carers Centre, Age UK, Alzheimer’s UK and Macmillan Cancer Care.”
“However, there are many difficult issues too. NHS services in the North West region have been affected by the loss of more than 1,100 nurses. When NHS111 was introduced into Greater Manchester in March 2013 the service collapsed, putting extra pressure on both GP Out of Hours and Hospital Accident and Emergency services. Cuts in social care budgets are starting to have an impact on hospitals, with more patients being admitted via Accident and Emergency who are sicker and who need longer stays in hospital”
“Local people who work in the NHS and NHS patients have told me they are worried about the future of the NHS. Cuts imposed by the Conservative-led Government and the top-down re-organisation of the NHS have caused some of the problems we see today. The NHS needs protection from further organisational change and it needs support if it is to continue to provide the excellent services which it is capable of delivering”