Last year Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust saw a 13.5% decline in matched handovers and 68.6% rise in delayed transfers of Care. Both statistics relate to the transfer of care of hospital inpatients to a more appropriate care setting– either within the NHS, or by being discharged – including into a more community, social environment. Both reflect NOT the dedication of staff – but the state of an NHS facing huge challenges – and battered by five years of Coalition rule and needless reorganisation.

All these statistics mean real people and real lives.
They’re the sort of figures which have moved Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham to make statements and pledges today on Labour’s plans for the NHS
– statements and pledges which have impressed Alex Sobel, who’s standing for Labour here in Leeds NW.

As Alex says
“We have all seen how much of a crisis our local NHS is in. So I’m proud to be standing for a Labour Party with a comprehensive, long-term plan to raise standards of care and create a modern sustainable 21st century health service.

“Astonishingly, the Tories omitted any mention of healthcare when they set out their six election priorities earlier this month. But make no mistake, the choice local people have is between a Tory Party – and its LibDem allies – who have led our NHS to the precipice in the last five years, or a Labour Party who will put patients first with a properly resourced NHS.’

Ed Miliband will today make another of Labour’s pledges – on the future of the NHS under Labour.
He will warn that our NHS, one of Britain’s most precious institutions, faces “its most perilous moment” when voters go to the polls at a General Election now just 100 days away.

He will say the next government must rescue the health service from a Tory plan – supported by the LibDems – that has already caused crisis over the past five years – and now, if the Conservatives win a second term, threatens to leave it unrecognisable.

Ed Miliband will speak immediately before Andy Burnham reveals Labour’s 10-year plan for the NHS – which Ed will herald it as a blueprint to raise standards of care and ensure the health service is sustainable in the 21st century.

Speaking in Trafford, where the first NHS hospital was opened in 1948, Ed will unveil Labour’s third pledge to the British people:

“Build an NHS with the time to care: 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs. Join up services from home to hospital, guaranteeing GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week.”

He will commit the next government to restoring the right values to the NHS, making strategic investments in staff, and delivering reforms that will improve services and save billions of pounds.

These include integrating care, placing a new emphasis on prevention, and ensuring better access to services – so patients do not end up in hospital unless they need it.
He will say Labour is determined to drive out the culture of limiting social care at home for frail, older and vulnerable to just 15 minutes, saying it is a symbol of what has gone wrong in the NHS where failure and false economies threaten the financial future of the service.

And he will outline how Labour’s 10-Year plan will:


Immediately after Ed Miliband has launched Labour’s election pledge, Andy Burnham, the Shadow Health Secretary, will deliver a further speech in London to the King’s Fund where he will set out more details of Labour’s plan for the NHS.

Mr Burnham will say false economies in social care have increased pressure on NHS funding with the number of avoidable hospital admissions soaring last year to a record high of more than half a million – costing the NHS around £1 billion.

He will explain how:
– Labour’s plan to integrate services from home to hospital will help end 15-minute care slots through new year-of-care budgets, incentivising providers to improve social care and prevent vulnerable patients falling ill or injuring themselves.
– The Labour government will create a new arm of the NHS: 5,000 homecare workers within the NHS to help those with the greatest needs, including the terminally ill so they can stay with their family at the end of life, and those who are leaving hospital who need extra help if they are to move back into their homes.
– All vulnerable older people would be offered a safety check to identify risks to their health like cold homes, loneliness and the likelihood of them falling so that problems can be tackled and they avoid unnecessary hospital visits.

“Today the Party that created the NHS in the 20th century re-sets it for the 21st as a national health and care service. We need an NHS that sees not just the immediate problem but treats the whole person. Our aspiration is to create a service that supports people with dementia, autism and mental ill health as well as it treats cancer.

“I have long warned that, if social care in England is allowed to collapse, it will drag down the rest of the NHS. That is what is unfolding before us in the NHS right now and is a root cause of the crisis in A & E. For the want of spending a few pounds in people’s homes on decent home care, we are spending thousands of pounds keeping older people in hospital even when they are able to leave. This is not sustainable in human or financial terms. The increasing hospitalisation of older people is no vision for the ageing society.

“Labour’s plan will lift the NHS out of this cycle, put the NHS on a sustainable path and give everyone who is concerned for its future a vision to unite around.”

The Leeds figures point precisely to one of the results of that collapse of social care to which Andy Burnham refers.

You can help make Labour’s NHS pledge a reality by voting for Alex Sobel here in Leeds NW in May – and by helping his campaign over these coming weeks. Sign up here

You can read more of Ed Miliband’s speech below.


Mr Miliband will warn that the future of the NHS is at stake in this election because the Tories intend to continue with a plan that has deprived key NHS services of investment, fragmented the service and run the NHS in the wrong way.
He will say that five more years of this Tory plan, including cutting back public spending as a share of national income to levels not seen since the 1930s, will destroy the NHS as we know it.

“When you look at his record for the last five years and his plan for the next five years, you know David Cameron can’t be trusted with our NHS. He puts the wrong values at the heart of our NHS and he just won’t put the right resources into our NHS. That means you will wait longer and longer for care, forced to go private if you want timely treatment, with more and more services hived off to the private sector.
“Look at the one clear manifesto commitment the Tories have: public spending cut back to levels as a share of national income not seen since the 1930s, back to before the National Health Service even existed. David Cameron says he cares about our NHS but that isn’t enough: there is no country that runs a world-class national healthcare service with spending like that.

“One of our country’s most precious institution faces its most perilous moment in a generation. The future of our NHS is at stake in this general election.”

He will outline Labour’s plan to protect and improve the health service with investment from a £2.5 billion fund from cracking down on tax avoidance, a Mansion Tax on properties worth more than £2 million and a levy on tobacco firms.

“We are the only party whose plans are fully funded, costed and based on the right principle that those with the broadest shoulders should bear the greatest burden. And we will use that money for a plan to train and hire more doctors, nurses, care-workers and midwives – so that they all have the one thing that patients need most: an NHS with time to care.”

He will declare that Labour’s plan for the NHS will meet the challenges of the 21st Century by joining up care from home to hospital .

“When people can’t get to see their GP, they end up in A&E. When problems with mental health aren’t spotted early at school or work, they build up and end up in hospital. When elderly people can’t get the care they need at home, they are more likely to grow ill or have a fall and end up in hospital. In each and every case, it is worse for the person involved and it costs more for the NHS too. If we are going to build an NHS that meets the challenges of the 21st century – and sustain funding for it through the 21st century – we cannot leave parents unable get a GP appointment for their sick child, or neglect mental health, or limit social care visits for some of the most vulnerable in our communities to just 15 minutes a time. We will end these scandals because they have no place in a world class health service but also because no competent government can afford to ignore them any longer.”

He will say Labour will restore the right values to the heart of the NHS by repealing the Government’s privatisation laws.

“We can only join up these services when we have the right values at the heart of our NHS: care, compassion and co-operation, not competition, fragmentation and privatisation. These aren’t the values of our National Health Service. These aren’t the values of the Labour party. These aren’t the values of the British people.”


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