Interview: Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner visit Princess Alexandra Hospital

Health / Fri 27th Jan 2023 pm31 02:20pm

THE LEADER and deputy leader of the Labour Party visited Harlow on Friday morning and made a pledge regarding Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner spent the morning speaking to hospital staff and then went across to speak to staff at the East of England Ambulance Service.

Afterwards, they spoke to YourHarlow about the visit and we spoke to them specifically about the promise of a new hospital.

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21 Comments for Interview: Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner visit Princess Alexandra Hospital:

2023-01-27 15:27:47

Great to hear. I hope that they are able to fulfil these promises and their ambitions for the future of this country, and they are not going to be the same empty promises made by the Tory Party over the last few years. This country needs change. This country needs to be rid of the self-serving, look-after-themselves politics of the recent Tory Governments.

Bruce Downey
2023-01-27 15:55:43

Hold your horses. A lot can happen! next general election to be held no later than January 2025!!

2023-01-27 16:11:47

Mike Casey did ask specifically about the new hospital, but certainly didn’t get any straight answers. Just waffle and hot air with no details or specifics on anything. Usual vacuous wish list. Not serious.

2023-01-27 16:24:33

What load of rubbish: “We want people to buy a home wherever they choose to live”. Great! Nothing about the how. So if you want to live in Chelsea or South Kensington, just contact Keir Starmer! Keir will fix it!!!

2023-01-27 16:28:07

James - pretty sure that at 2:31 when asked the question if Labour got in would they provide the new Harlow hospital, Angela Rayner said 'we have to'. That sounded like a pretty straight answer to be honest.

gary roberts
2023-01-27 16:38:38

The National Health service: the greatest public service we have and will ever have. But sadly being destroyed by this current government. And James perhaps you should examine how this and other public services have been undermined for at least the last decade. Mind you Angela Rayner gets it and really should be the leader of the Labour party. Starmer doesn't even come close to her. And it showed in this interview.

Mr Grumpy
2023-01-27 16:50:55

There are lies, damn lies and then there is statistics. No matter Government we have, they are all good at all 3 !!

2023-01-27 16:51:00

Garry Roberts you are having a laugh the NHS is nothing but a money pit 45% of all taxes, one of the worlds largest employers and still a failure. Both labour and cons are responsible for this along with the NHS staff themselves. Abolish and reform it along the French /German model

Simon Carter
2023-01-27 16:53:26

Its a pity that apprenticeships don't feature in Labour's vision to help provide those jobs for the future and security of employment, as promoted by Robert Halfon and his Jobs Fair 'Hundreds flock to MP Robert Halfon's Jobs Fair'-

2023-01-27 16:56:38

Starmer is probably Labour’s best chance after the Corbyn disaster. He has much broader appeal than Raynor would have, but does not come across as a strong leader. The next election is almost 2 years away so a lot can happen.

gary roberts
2023-01-27 17:10:09

Adam, a money pit that saves lives, and improves people' lives in spite of politicians who use and abuse it. Blair used PFI contracts to undermine it. Then Lansley decided to reform it and nearly destroyed it founding ethos and values. And now it survives on the actions and commitment of its staff. Its staff that need a decent pay rise. It also needs good equipment and facilities now. Something Mr. Halfon does not or will not understand sadly because if he did the new promised hospital would now be in service.

2023-01-27 17:30:33

The NHS clearly has major structural and management issues. We spend much more per capita than comparable countries like Holland, France, Germany , etc yet our outcomes are worse. We do need to seek best practice and look at other countries that are working better. This is not a criticism of NHS frontline staff, who have been outstanding, but rather of management and administration.

Tony Edwards
2023-01-27 18:45:05

Get your facts right James - according to the OECD we do not spend much more per capita than comparable countries - see link https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/sites/154e8143-en/images/images/07-chapter7/media/image5.png

2023-01-27 19:04:38

Tony 45% of GDP how much more it is telling no one has ever copied the NHS model it is a mess which works for the people in it not its patients There is a simple rule especially as you age, if you want to stay alive stay away from the NHS

James Leppard
2023-01-27 19:09:50

Tony, I checked the World Bank database. The last figures are for 2019 and in US$. The country that spends the most on healthcare per capita by far is the USA at 10,921. The Euro Area was at 4 001, the EU at 3,476, the UK at 4,313, Japan was similar at 4,360. However, the real issue is the outcome and efficiency. France with a smaller population has almost twice as many hospital beds and spends per capita 4,492. We do really need to look at our examples of management and procurement. The same applies to PISA scores in education, principally mathematics and sciences. We need to learn from other countries. The world is competitive.

2023-01-27 19:45:28

I hear that the USA health system is pretty brutal if you're not rich or got pretty good health insurance through your employer so we need to exercise caution in simply dealing in money thrown at problems. Cuba developed an outstanding primary health system on next to nothing when blockaded by the USA: The nhs, our schools and local authorities need to work together on prevention, providing the free recreational centres, expanding primary healthcare at GP surgeries to take a far bigger role in diagnosis and treatment ( early invervention saves money and lives) and education will reduce the nhs costs and make the changes to Cultural and active lifestyles needed. Training more of our own staff would help, it's not cricket to steal staff from countries in greater need than ourselves

Tony Edwards
2023-01-27 20:49:59

James more than happy to agree with you at learning from what works best in other countries. OECD per capita figures for 2019 in dollars . USA 10948, Germany 6518, Japan 4591 UK 4500 France 5274, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden all spend more than us. The OECD figures include both Government and Voluntary spend see link https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/sites/154e8143-en/images/images/07-chapter7/media/image5.png

David Forman
2023-01-27 21:33:01

Labour luvvie and journalist Owen Jones has exposed Starmer's increased privatisation of the NHS. Watch Own dish the dirt at: https://youtu.be/S0gPzIOTsgk

David Forman
2023-01-27 21:44:59

Happy to arrange a Harlow public meeting for the Cuban Ambassador to explain the marvel of Cuban primary health care. Let me know if you are interested in attending at a future date on [email protected]

Edward Huxtable
2023-01-28 10:55:04

Starter as PM.!! This is a man who backed Corbyn, who would not bow to our soldiers that died in wars. That would not sing National Anthem. The man that accepted terrorist as friends and hated this country. If Labour get in power the unions will have a field day holding this country to ransom. You thinks its bad enough now . If the racist, women hating, Labour Party get in power God help us all.

Edward Huxtable
2023-01-28 10:57:39

Sorry bloody predictive text. That should have read Starmer.

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