Labour & Co-operative candidate for Redcar, Anna Turley, this week (9th May 2013) welcomed Labour’s Shadow Health Minister Andy Burnham as he shadowed workers at Redcar Primary Care Hospital and visited a residents in Marske.
“I was pleased that Andy came back to the area following a public meeting to discuss Labour’s priorities for the NHS that was held earlier in the year. This time we were able to shadow health workers at Redcar Primary Care Hospital and discuss first-hand the issues they are facing.
“At that public meeting we heard accounts of patients at another local hospital, James Cook, queuing up in corridors and queues of ambulances waiting outside the hospital.
“The NHS is clearly under a lot of pressure at the moment and barely a day goes by without an expert or staff group warning against the Coalitions reforms; or we hear a story about growing A&E waiting times, or problems with the new 111 helpline. At the moment, the capacity for James Cook as an A&E department is 60,000 patients per year. This year they are expecting almost double that figure at 105,000.”
Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“Visits like today in Redcar are extremely important to allow me to hear directly from health workers; what they think does and doesn’t work and how they think things can be improved. So for me, shadowing staff from across the health service is invaluable. It feeds directly into how I am developing Labour’s health policy for rescuing our NHS from the damage being caused by this Tory-led Government.
“What I hear and see everywhere I visit is that the staff are doing everything they can to look after patients, but they are under huge pressure with queues at A&Es, hospitals running at capacity and thousands of nursing posts having been cut since David Cameron entered Downing Street.
“Labour’s health policy has people at its heart and it is vital that I talk to those who are on the receiving end of the service. There are ever greater numbers of very frail people in their 80s and 90s, with intensive physical, mental and social care needs and developing a workable social care policy is integral to Labours plans going forward.”