Patients left on trolleys in a corridor

Experiencing the NHS crisis is a sombering affair

The NHS is broken On Sunday I witnessed first hand the pressure the NHS and its staff are under. It was nothing short of shocking to see patients lined up on trolleys, left in corridors because there were either no beds or not enough staff to help. This is not an attack on the staff, they were fantastic, their dedication and professionalism is beyond reproach. They should not have to work in a system like this.  It’s unfair on them, it’s unfair on the patients.  The doctors, nurses and patients deserve better, the situation is a national disgrace. About a

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The NHS is vital to the people of Copeland

On the campaign trail in Copeland This weekend a small group of us from the Crewe and Nantwich Labour Party travelled to Copeland to help canvas in the up and coming by election. Over the two days there was one common issue that came up time after time on the doorstep, that was the NHS. Local cuts to NHS services Some of the cuts that are being proposed at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven include the downgrading of maternity and children’s services. There is also talk of completely axing A&E services, a dangerous proposal that will put lives at

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The NHS is in a critical condition

The NHS is at breaking point The NHS faces a perfect storm, a lack of resources and an increase in demand. Over the past few weeks I have been talking to various people who work in the NHS, they spoke to me on the condition that they could remain anonymous. Peter is a nurse on a busy ward.  The biggest challenge he faces is the sheer volume of patients and the lack of beds.  I asked him why beds were in such short supply. It is a combination of cuts and not being able to discharge patients, we have people on

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Hunt’s answer to the NHS Crisis, fiddle the numbers

As the fallout from the NHS crisis continues to deepen, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has at last broken cover. In a series of interviews yesterday and during his appearance in the House of Commons, Hunt put forward his solution to tackling the ever worsening levels of patient care within the NHS. The solution was not what many people had hoped for, in fact it was nothing short of woeful. Unfortunately, Hunt’s answer to the problems facing the NHS is not more funding, it’s not to employ more doctors and nurses, no, his solution to the crisis is to abandon

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An image of ambulance crews stood in a corridor

Public services aren’t failing, the Tories are.

Don’t blame the staff, blame the Tories. Public services are under pressure like never before, they are failing the very people who they are there to serve, but the staff are not to blame, neither are they the cause, they are merely a symptom of the Tory Party now lead by Theresa May. Under David Cameron and arguably the worst Chancellors in history, George Osborne, public services have been starved of cash for years and yet, perversely, at the same time asked to deliver more.  Step forward Theresa May, we all remember her speech on the doorstep of Number 10, everything was

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