Labour’s local Parliamentary Candidate, Bilal Mahmood, has launched a campaign fighting for a NHS with time to care for the people of Chingford. He’s doing so by holding public events and obtaining information by way of a residents’ surveys. He held the first of these events on Saturday morning at Chingford Mount in front of Albert Terrace.
David Cameron scrapped Labour’s guarantee of an appointment within 48 hours for all patients, and now 60 per cent say they are having to wait longer than two days to see a GP. In the area covered by Chingford, 1 in every 6 patients say they have waited more than a week. And Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems have been too weak to stand up to David Cameron and have backed the Tories all the way.
Labour have said they will guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours and on the same day for those who need it, together with 8,000 more doctors and 22,000 more nurses.
Parliamentary Candidate, Bilal Mahmood, is now campaigning across Chingford and Woodford Green to build support for the campaign.
Bilal Mahmood said:
“As the local Labour PPC I spend a great deal of time meeting with local people, talking to them about their hopes and concerns, and something that comes up time and time again is the NHS. I hear they are worried about getting the right care for themselves, their children and their elderly relatives, at a time when even something as basic as seeing the family doctor has become a struggle for many people.
The Tories have neglected this vital service, in favour of expensive and damaging reorganisations. In my constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green, the local Barts Health Trust has paid a consultancy firm almost £1 million for a ‘turnaround’ consultation, while leaving the most essential services to deteriorate. That shows what matters to them.
Labour rescued the NHS after years of Tory neglect before and, in 2015, we’ll do it again. We’ll start right here, at your local practice, guaranteeing a GP appointment within 48 hours for all patients, and on the same day for those who need it.
That’s why I’m organising a campaign right now, to make local residents aware of what’s really happening to NHS and to show Iain Duncan Smith how damaging his colleagues are to people in his constituents.”