Having had our lives dominated by COVID 19 during the last year, we can all be grateful to the selfless staff and NHS volunteers who have worked through adversity to successfully deliver vaccines to millions of us.
However let us not forget, Lincolnshire hospitals and community health services are significantly underfunded and this has been the case for over a decade under Tory control, both in central government and at Lincolnshire County Council. A few one-off cash bonuses here and there are just a sticking plaster on a much bigger problem.
A Fresh Approach
The approach to care has to change to ensure it is properly delivered to all across the age ranges, whether this is acute care in hospital, or long term support in the community for those living with complex needs.
Labour wants to use County powers to transform the way in which or local NHS operates; reinstating community hospital services where they have been removed, cancelling car parking charges for staff at the hospitals where they work and compensating care workers for their time and travel costs between appointments.
This is all affordable given the current Tory Controlled County Council oversees millions of pounds of unallocated funding whilst our essential services crumble.
Labour Understands Lincolnshire
We are a rural county and this brings special challenges to the delivery of care. This must be recognised when funding decisions are made and at present it isn’t. Labour councillors are best placed to stand up to central government and demand that Lincolnshire is listened to.
The Threat Of Privatisation
Despite the remarkable effort of the NHS in the past 12 months or so, it is under threat of privatisation. Whilst NHS staff have worked flat out to battle Covid-19, often with no proper equipment, the Tory government has been using it as a distraction while they oversee privatisation by stealth. We must fight to keep the NHS and only Labour can do that locally.