I was pleased to have an in-depth discussion with Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, at the recent Labour Party Conference in Manchester, on matters relating to Chase Farm Hospital and the pressing health issues in Enfield.
I outlined to the Shadow Health Secretary the damaging impact of the closure of Chase Farm’s Accident and Emergency Department and Maternity Unit and the resultant pressure this was placing on other local hospitals and the London Ambulance Service.
Andy promised to meet with me on a regular basis, between now and the General Election, so that he can be kept informed of the concerns expressed by Enfield residents and to discuss the Party’s health proposals. I look forward to continuing this conversation with him over the coming months.
Labour’s plans for the National Health Service (NHS) will be at the heart of the Party’s election campaign, Mr Burnham said. During the course of the Conference, he and the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, stated that the next Labour government would bring social care into the NHS, create a £2.5billion per year NHS Time to Care Fund, which will support 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more careworkers and 3,000 more midwives, as well as repeal the 2012 Health and Social Care Act.
Given the explicit commitments made and then broken by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to keep open Chase Farm’s A & E and maternity services, only the Labour Party can be trusted to protect the NHS. I support fully Labour's plans to have a national health and care service and to initiate an NHS Time to Care Fund, as well as the promise to repeal the harmful Health and Social Care Act, which was brought in with no mandate by the Tory-led Government.
I believe that Labour’s vision for the NHS can make a real and positive difference in Enfield. This is so important given the cuts our health services have suffered since 2010.