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On Monday morning, Sharon Taylor, Labour’s candidate for Stevenage joined nurses and other NHS staff in their first walkout over pay in over thirty years.

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This comes on the same day Senior Conservative ministers including George Osborne and Prime Minister David Cameron finally admitted that their top-down reorganisation of the NHS was a ‘huge strategic error’.  The Times investigation has found that at least £5billion a year is being wasted on overpaying for supplies, agency workers and empty buildings.

Nurses in the NHS have experienced a pay freeze in real terms for the last three years whilst many NHS Executives have benefitted from salary increases of 6.1% and bonuses of £166million.

Recently, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health has overruled an independent pay review body which recommended that NHS staff receive a pay rise of 1% this year.

A recent survey by the Royal College of Nursing revealed not only that 72% reported not having sufficient levels of staffing to provide patients with a safe level of care but also that 73% say that working conditions have got worse since2010.

Speaking on the walk out, Labour’s Sharon Taylor said:

“It is the compassion and dedication of the people that work in our NHS that makes it the most envied health service across the world but they are being let down time and time again by this government.

“A nurse will study at university in order to get the necessary qualifications to enter a profession that they know won’t be well paid and will require long and anti-social hours but they do it anyway. However, Jeremy Hunt is pushing their commitment to breaking point with 57% now considering leaving the profession.

“The fact that 1 in 5 staff in the NHS now has to work a second job to make ends meet is a national scandal but instead of addressing this, the government prioritises a tax cut for millionaires.”

"The front-line NHS staff were against this top-down reorganisation from the beginning, and now that the Tories have proved that they don't know how best to support our NHS it's up to Labour to step in and save our health service before they can do any more damage"

Sharon Taylor Joins Striking NHS Workers

On Monday morning, Sharon Taylor, Labour’s candidate for Stevenage joined nurses and other NHS staff in their first walkout over pay in over thirty years.  

Evening and weekend bus services in Stevenage could be axed under plans to cut funding by Conservative County Council.

Buses that run after 18:30 and Sunday services are under threat as The Conservative controlled authority looks to cut over 20% of its budget.

57 services across Hertfordshire are affected, with 10 in Stevenage at risk, including links from the Town Centre to Martins Wood, Poplars, St Nicholas, Symonds Green and Broadwater. Bus users have until 30 September to respond to HCC's consultation.

 

Local resident David Waterman, who works in the Town Centre, said:

 "I'm worried about these proposed cuts. I have no other way of getting into work on Sundays than by using the bus. Without a service every day, people will be really cut off"

 

Labour's Parliamentary Candidate Sharon Taylor said:

Stevenage residents rely on a regular, local bus service. I'm concerned about these proposals, especially as Stevenage appear to be disproportionately affected compared to the rest of the County'

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What do you think about these cuts? You can join in the conversation at the County Council website by clicking here.

 

Stevenage Bus Services Under Threat From Cuts

Evening and weekend bus services in Stevenage could be axed under plans to cut funding by Conservative County Council. Buses that run after 18:30 and Sunday services are under threat...

Over 90,000 patients in East and North Hertfordshire waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found. 

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17% of local patients faced a wait of a week or more when they phoned for an appointment in the last year. 

Labour has pledged to invest £100 million in GP surgeries - saved by scrapping David Cameron's NHS market rules that waste millions on lawyers fees and contract tendering - to guarantee appointments within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it. 

The annual NHS England survey, released earlier this month, also revealed that local patients struggle to see the family doctor of their choosing. 44% of patients in East and North Hertfordshire who have a preferred GP had to see another doctor when they last went to their surgery. The next Labour Government will also give patients the right to book ahead with the GP they prefer to see. 

The delays have left over 50,000 people saying they would not recommend their family's practice to new patients.

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Stevenage Labour Party were campaigning about this in Stevenage Town Centre on Saturday with Sharon Taylor. They collected signatures from local people who agreed that GP waiting times need to be properly focused on by the government.

Sharon Taylor, Labour’s candidate in Stevenage said:
"David Cameron has made it harder for people in Stevenage to get a GP appointment - proof he can't be trusted with our local NHS. "Within days of the last election, he scrapped Labour's appointments guarantee and now thousands of people here are waiting over a week.

Labour will scrap David Cameron's NHS market and invest the savings in helping people get a GP appointment within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it."

Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said:
"This survey confirms what Labour has been saying. People want to be able to see the GP they trust, and who knows their family history, but are left phoning the surgery day after day only to be disappointed. Patients are waiting days or even weeks for appointments and that is forcing people to A&E in record numbers. 

“People know from their own experience that the NHS is heading downhill under this Government."

Thousands of patients wait over a week to see GP

Over 90,000 patients in East and North Hertfordshire waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found.   


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