The NHS is not safe in Tory hands
We all know the Tories have caused a crisis in our National Health Service – the numerous statistics churned out of the last few years has proved it.
But people aren’t statistics and their experiences are much more shocking than the percentages and numbers we see in the media.
On the campaign trail this week, I met an 82 year old woman. This woman had been extremely ill and taken to her local hospital.
The hospital was understaffed and ill-resourced to respond to the urgent needs of patients – even those of emergency patients.
So, this woman got out of her hospital bed and actually started nursing other patients, even though she was sick herself.
This is just not acceptable.
Also, last week, one of my key volunteers was attacked by a dog and bitten.
He went to A&E straight away at 5pm that day to get the stiches he needed. The hospital he went to admitted him but then sent him to another hospital.
At the second hospital it wasn’t until 1am – 7 hours after the attack – that he was seen.
It is disgraceful that he had to wait that long for two stiches.
But it is not the fault of the staff, it is the fault of the Tories, who, over the last five years have driven the NHS into crisis.
Waiting times are up, people can’t get to see their GP and our ambulance service has been put under tremendous pressure.
We are all proud of our National Health Service and on May 7th we have to fight to save it, by voting Labour. Only in Labour’s hands will the NHS be safe.