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Photograph – Emily Outside A&E at ST Helier Hospital

With the local NHS under increasing threat, Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, has backed a plan to transform our health service so it’s fit for the 21st century. She has challenged both Paul Burstow MP (Liberal Democrat) and Paul Scully (Conservative), to demonstrate their commitment to our NHS by backing Labour’s new £2.5 billion Time to Care fund. This will support 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives. Labour will also guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours (the same day for those who need it) and a maximum one-week wait for cancer tests.
By appointing these additional staff, our doctors and nurses will have the time they need to care properly for patients, as well as transforming services in communities and at home. There is an urgent need for this funding in Sutton and Cheam as new figures published by NHS England show that 1,310 people waited longer than four hours at A&E Epsom and ST Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. The figures also show that 276 (up 63 on the year to Q2 2014-15) patients were forced to wait on trolleys for over four hours in A&E because there were no available beds.
Despite these shocking figures, Tory-LibDem partners have refused to back Labour’s Time to Care fund and are yet to demonstrate how they would save our NHS after it was destabilised during their government’s costly and unnecessary re-organisation. Following a meeting with the campaign group Keep Our NHS Public (KONP held last night at the Friends Meeting House, Cedar Road, Sutton, Ms Brothers said:
“Like many people in Sutton and Cheam, I’m fed up of this government undermining and underfunding our health service.
“Paul Burstow promised he'd protect the NHS, but instead it’s going backwards after wasting billions on an unnecessary re-organisation of which he was a key architect, inflicted deep cuts on social care and made it harder to see a GP.
“Local people want to know that the NHS is safe for this generation and the ones that follow, but Paul Scully has so far given local people no hope.
“That’s why Labour is responding to the concerns of people in Sutton and Cheam with a Time to Care fund, to ensure we have a modern health and care service that’s fit for the 21st century.
“The Liberal Democrats and their Tory allies haven’t just destabilised our health service; they’re holding it back from meeting the challenges of the modern world as well. Only Labour can be trusted to protect the NHS. It is time Coalition partners came clean about whether or not they’ll back our plans to save it.”









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