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Harlow Labour leader: “More doctors, more nurses, shorter waiting times, better care. That’s the difference a Labour government will make”

News / Tue 18th Apr 2023 at 05:50am

THIRTEEN years of Conservative mismanagement has left the NHS without the doctors and nurses it needs, and patients are paying the price says Harlow Labour leader Chris Vince.

People are finding it impossible to get a GP appointment or an operation when they need one. In an emergency, there’s no guarantee an ambulance will arrive on time if one arrives at all.  There are 1,200 fewer GP practices today than in 2015, while more than 2,000 GPs have been cut in the same time.  Meanwhile practices are shutting up shop across the country, leaving people to travel miles to be seen, and GPs overburdened.  We can see this clearly in Harlow with the closure of Osler house in Potter street and the increased burden on other GP surgeries.

Having recently spent a morning in a local GP surgery shadowing staff there know how hard they are working, and of the different strategies and triaging they are using to support patients as effectively as possible, but the reality is still capacity is a real issue.

Sadly the Conservative MP for Harlow’s answer is to tell Universities that if they over subscribe places on medical courses he’s going to fine them, proof that Mr Halfon’s government have no plan to tackle this crisis, nor the crisis in A and E with waits of up to 13 hours.  The Government cut the number of medical school places this summer. Labour will double the number of medical school places, train 10,000 extra nurses and midwives every year, double the number of district nurses qualifying each year and create 5,000 more health visitors. 

The Conservatives have chosen to protect non-dom tax status, allowing some wealthy individuals living in Britain to pay their taxes overseas. We need nurses, not non-doms. Labour will pay for training new doctors, nurses, and midwives by abolishing the non- dom tax status, patients need treatment more than the wealthiest need a tax break and if you make Britain your home you should pay your taxes here too. 

The next Labour government will train a new generation of doctors, nurses, and midwives to treat patients on time again. 

“More doctors, more nurses, shorter waiting times, better care. That’s the difference a Labour government will make.”

Chris Vince

Leader of Harlow Labour

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13 Comments for Harlow Labour leader: “More doctors, more nurses, shorter waiting times, better care. That’s the difference a Labour government will make”:

gary roberts
2023-04-18 07:22:04

Is this policy? Or is it just another wish list mentioned by way of a local election and then general election? Sadly I think it is the latter where change will be left at the open door Mr. Starmer likes to use to get rid of the bulk of his members. I have no faith in the national Labour party to deliver change and suspect they will just develop the BS of the Conservatives just like Mr. Blair did in 1997. The real radical and progressive policy agenda of 2017 have been filed in the bin never to return. Anyone got a spare ticket to Vancouver?

David Forman
2023-04-18 08:36:04

I'm glad to see that Cllr Vince realises more staff equals better service. A new groundbreaking study published in the British Medical Journal in September 2022 proves the point: "On average, an extra 12-hour shift by an Registered Nurse (RN) was associated with a reduction in the odds of a patient death of 9.6%. An additional senior RN (in NHS pay band 7 or 8) had 2.2 times the impact of an additional band 5 RN." See study at: https://qualitysafety.bmj.com/content/early/2022/10/11/bmjqs-2022-015291

David Vincent
2023-04-18 08:51:58

Currently, there are 46,828 nursing, midwifery, and health visiting vacancies in the NHS in England alone, a rate of 11.8 percent. By contrast, under the last Labour government in March 2010 the figure was 8,153, a rate of 2.5 percent. See 2010 figure at: https://files.digital.nhs.uk/publicationimport/pub01xxx/pub01912/nhs-vaca-surv-31-mar-eng-2010-rep.pdf

David Vincent
2023-04-18 08:57:16

To clarify, the 46,828 qualified nursing vacancies was at end of June 2022. It is probably higher now.

gary roberts
2023-04-18 10:25:26

"The next Labour government will train a new generation of doctors, nurses, and midwives to treat patients on time again." But will they also pay them properly and address their other terms of employment? Not according to Mr. Streeting, the overblown example of Labour nonsense!

gary roberts
2023-04-18 14:44:04

"We can see this clearly in Harlow with the closure of Osler [H]ouse in Potter [S]treet " So Cllr. Vince is that an observation that you will get Osler House reopened to provide locally based medical facilities to the residents of Potter Street?

David Forman
2023-04-18 22:29:56

Well, Angela, the Conservatives found £376billion for Covid-19 pandemic as of June 2022 with a lot wasted on ineffective Test and Trace and dodgy PPE. As for Labour, they will raise £3.2billion from closing the Non-Dom tax loophole, levy a windfall tax on the excess profits of the energy utilities and other tax initiatives. See non-dom report https ://www.lse.ac.uk/News/Latest-news-from-LSE/2022/i-September-22/Abolishing-the-non-dom-regime-would-raise-more-than-3.2-billion-each-year-finds-new-report

David Forman
2023-04-18 23:08:52

As for the windfall tax , Labour's plan is to back-date the levy to January 2022 and to remove the tax break on companies’ investment spending. These extensions would bring in an extra £8bn over six months. Some other estimates say £13bn over 12 months.

Anna Jones
2023-04-19 05:39:42

Hope the Tories stop waisting tens of thousands of pounds paying for private solicitors to protect a Councilor who could not be bothered to answer a couple of questions.

Tony Wiseman
2023-04-24 13:20:07

Hang on Mr Forman, last week you said Labour would use the Non Dom taxes to fix the potholes, which is it to be! And I am sure that Labour said they would use the Windfall Tax to help with the cost of living crisis by reducing families fuel bills. Perhaps you could explain to us all how to use money twice, I am sure that we would all appreciate that bit of advice

David Forman
2023-04-24 21:16:47

Mr Wiseman, you are quite right to point out my double dip. Labour's Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves says that changing the charitable tax status of private schools will raise £1.7billion per year and the windfall tax on energy companies will raise around £17billion over 2 years. The Non-dom tax loophole closure raises a minimum of £3.2billion per year. House of Commons Library states 60 percent of government spending is via taxation. I estimate an annual bill of £1.554billion for Labour's NHS staff pledge at current prices for extra qualified staff in year 5, assuming all junior doctors finish their course in 4 years. While nurses are training they are on a grant of £1000 plus a means tested bursary of between £2,000 and £5,000. Nurses tuition fees are paid by the government. So let's say a bursary and grant of £4,500 plus £9000 university fees. For 10,000 nurses & midwives in training that means £135million each year for the 3 years training period. The current pay for a newly qualified nurse at Band 5 is £27,055, so for each 10,000 batch it is £270.5million per year at current prices. With nearly 47,000 nursing vacancies it will require 4 batches because health visitors and district nurses are included in vacancy total. Qualified midwives are paid at Band 6. Creating 5000 health visitors over 5 years means 1000 training per year as it is a 52 week course for qualified nurses with half that time at university. Pay for qualified health visitors is at Band 6, which is currently £33,706, equating to a total of £168.5million per year for all 5000 at current prices, plus up to £45million for training. Doubling district nursing trainees equates to roughly an extra 600 per year. District nurse course is a 32 weeks with half that time at university for qualified nurses or a Level 7 apprenticeship. Qualified district nurses earn Band 6 pay, so creating a total £20.2million per 600 extra which is likely to be 4 batches (total £80.9million pay plus £21.6million for training). Total extra qualified nursing grades pay per year is £1.331billion at current prices, plus £66.6million for training. Junior doctors in training pay medical school university fees from 4  up to 6 years. Medical school places for 2023 entry is 7,600 so Labour will provide an extra 7600 training places. So when they graduate the extra bill for FY1 junior doctors will be £223.3million. Graduating Junior doctors Foundation Year 1 pay from April 2022 is £29,384 and Year 2 pay is £34,012. Therefore, total pay bill at current prices for nurses and junior doctors in year 5 equals £1.554.billion.

David Forman
2023-04-24 21:50:19

The figures provided above I hope will prove helpful and if I have made an error in calculation it is an innocent mistake. As for the £14billion backlog of potholes, due to material and labour supply issues and traffic tailback issues, it is most likely that repairs will be scheduled over the 5 year term of parliament. So, in current prices £2.8bn per year. Total for potholes and extra NHS staff is £4.354bn at current prices. Even allowing for inflation there is headroom, especially as government spending is partly financed by borrowing. Public Sector Net Borrowing was £122 billion in 2021/22: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-public-spending-was-calculated-in-your-tax-summary/how-public-spending-was-calculated-in-your-tax-summary#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20ONS%20statistics,current%20receipts%20in%202021/22.

David Forman
2023-04-25 01:01:39

My apologies for a minor mistake above. Taxation represents 60 percent of government income, not spending, as stated by House of Commons Library: "Taken together, income tax, National Insurance contributions (NICs), VAT and corporation tax contributed over three-fifths of public sector receipts in 2021/22." See page 12 of https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-8513/CBP-8513.pdf

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