Clive Johnson Press Release on Health Delays in the Constituency

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Labour Candidate Concerned about Health Delays in Sittingbourne and Sheppey

Clive Johnson, Labour Candidate for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, today expressed his level of concern at the worries that residents have of delays in obtaining prompt GP appointments and the often long waits for health treatment.

Clive said today, ‘I’ve spoken to increasing numbers of residents as we have been canvassing who are worried about access to health care.  They tell me that they can wait weeks for an appointment with their GP, leading to extended periods of discomfort or worry.  When they are seen and then require treatment, the waiting lists are growing, adding to anxiety.  It is a sorry picture.  We all admire the NHS, but it is starved of the investment it needs, there are thousands of staff vacancies and facilities and equipment need renewal.  I welcome the new medical school and I hope this will provide a supply of locally trained doctors in the future but this will take time to have an impact.  I taught English to people who wanted to train as nurses when I worked at MidKent College.  I thought it was a tragedy when the government ended the nurse’s bursary, contributing to the massive shortage of nurses which we see now across the service.  I’ve also supported campaigns locally to locate the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit locally, where the levels of need are highest.  I’m pleased to say, as the Labour candidate for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, that a Labour government will invest in the NHS to give patients modern, well-resourced services. We will increase expenditure across the health sector by an average 4.3% a year and our investments mean we deliver the standards of care that the people of Sittingbourne and Sheppey deserve.  Labour will also ensure that timescales for investigations and treatment are vigorously monitored and that patients will know who to contact when there are delays.’

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