Clive Johnson Press Release on Health Delays in the Constituency


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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Press Release on our Candidate, Clive Johnson

Clive Johnson

Sittingbourne and Sheppey Labour Party are pleased to announce that Clive Johnson has been selected as their Parliamentary candidate for the forthcoming General Election.

Clive has campaigned with the local party in elections since 2015 and has followed local issues for some time. He lives in Rainham and is Shadow Cabinet member for Children’s Services on Medway Council. He currently works for Medway CAB but has had a long and successful career in teaching, having been Head of English for 7 years at Fulston Manor School as well as teaching in Further Education. He holds a Doctorate in English with a specialism in the works of Charles Dickens.

He says,

“From my time working and campaigning in Sittingbourne and Sheppey I can’t help feeling that as far as this Government is concerned it is a left behind forgotten community. My priorities are the NHS, Education, Housing and Environment.

My family owe a great deal to the NHS because of my daughter’s type 1 diabetes. I am alarmed at the situation in Swale where we have the worst ratio of GPs to patients in the country and I will be supporting moves by University of Kent and Christ Church University to get more doctors trained locally.

We are also suffering here from a serious shortage of school places. It is these sort of social infrastructure problems that mean we must question the unrealistic housing numbers being forced on us by the current Government. What we need is a concentration on providing affordable homes for local people and social housing for rent.”

Clive is a member of Greenpeace and strongly supports Swale Borough Council’s drive to tackle climate change and diversity locally. He says

“There are too many air quality hotspots in Swale. We need to make our public buildings and homes more environmentally sustainable and we desperately need to improve our public transport”

Clive Johnson is in favour of proportional representation and of votes for 16-year olds.

Sittingbourne and Sheppey Labour Announces Clive Johnson will be our 2019 Election Candidate

Clive Johnson

We are delighted to announce that Clive Johnson is Labour’s prospective candidate for the Sittingbourne and Sheppey Constituency in the upcoming General Election.  Clive lives in Rainham and is a councillor on Medway Council but he has been a frequent visitor to the constituency, helping in Action days and campaigning alongside our canvassing teams. Living so close and visiting us gives Clive a unique view of our problems and issues.