24/11/2016 – Press Release - NHS: National Campaign Action Day
On Saturday 26 November, Mid Sussex Constituency Labour Party will join Labour Party members across Britain in a National Campaign Action Day on the National Health Service. Local Labour Party members will be talking to members of the public and distributing leaflets across Mid Sussex.
Pam Haigh, Chair of Mid Sussex Labour said, “We are fighting for the future of our NHS and against the destructive impact of Conservative Austerity Policies, which have been deliberately engineered to roll back the public sector and undermine the fabric of social support in every area of our lives”.
The pressure on funding in the NHS has direct consequences for Mid Sussex residents. We have seen growing waiting times at Accident and Emergency Departments in both Haywards Heath and Brighton hospital sites. And there are ever growing delays for patients needing a hospital bed as some patients cannot be released because cuts in homecare support budgets mean they have nowhere safe to go.
Locally we face great uncertainty on how our local hospitals will be administered in the future. Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust was placed in “special measures for quality” in August 2016, and then “financial special measures”. This means the trust was unable to live within its budget and needed to find ways to improve financial performance at the inevitable cost of patient care. The proposal of a closer link with Western Sussex Hospitals is just a sticking plaster over the crisis of under-funding which winter will only make worse.
Mid Sussex Labour believes it’s time for everyone to stand up for our NHS before it is deliberately starved into the hands of private sector profiteers.