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More than 100 Labour Party activists from across London have launched a new campaign group to protect NHS services in the capital.
The London Labour Health Network was officially launched at the House of Commons by Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary
Andy Burnham told campaigners: “David Cameron has left A&E on the brink of a serious crisis. He has ignored repeated warnings and presided over the first summer crisis in the NHS in living memory.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen thousands more patients kept waiting on trolleys and major A&E’s in London and across the country failing to meet the four hour A&E target for 41 of the 52 weeks.
“Nearly a million people have had to wait more than 4 hours for treatment in A&E.
“This is further proof you can't trust David Cameron with the NHS. That’s why I welcome this new group to stand up for the NHS in London which we all cherish.
Sadiq Khan, Labour’s Shadow Minister for London and MP for Tooting said:
“NHS services are under threat across London like never before.
“Londoners have shown that people-power can make a difference – thousands have already marched to protect their services and we’ve witnessed the Tory Health Secretary forced by the courts into a humiliating u-turn over his plans to cut services at Lewisham Hospital.
“But A&E’s and other vital services across the capital are still being threatened with closure which is why we need to stand up and fight to defend the NHS in London.”
“Labour will re-establish One NHS for London, where services are properly planned, and patients and clinicians can be sure of their future.
Linda Perks, Vice Chair of London Labour Party and Regional Secretary for UNISON said:
“Londoners are massively worried about what’s happening to their local NHS under David Cameron with A & E departments closing, nurses seriously overstretched, increased waiting times, plans to bring private companies in to make profit out of the sick and the frail – the list is endless, and the evidence is there for all to see that the NHS is not safe in the hands of David Cameron and the Tory-LibDem Coalition.
“In contrast, Labour is standing up a strong health service in London with quality services free at the point of need, and clinical judgement, relief from pain and health prevention being paramount – not profit and greed.
“We need to end to the injustice where life expectancy in East London is 17 years short of that in the west of the capital by restoring the NHS to one which Londoners can be proud of once more.
More than 100 Labour Party activists from across London have launched a new campaign group to protect NHS services in the capital. The London Labour Health Network was officially launched...
London’s NHS - A Set of Campaign Principles for London Labour
Protect NHS founding values
We will campaign for the repeal of the Health & Social Care Act and reaffirm that NHS will be free at the point of use, for all, based on need and not the ability to pay
1. We will repeal the Health & Social Care Act 2012
Prevent postcode lotteries
We will campaign for regional decision-making powers on health and care to deliver quality services regardless of where you live, and an NHS that meets the needs of patients through good local services with centres of excellent specialist care, coordinated, to serve London’s needs.
1. We will establish an accountable pan-London structure to lead the NHS, determining the configuration of services, allocating resources and monitoring performance
2. We will ensure that reducing health inequalities across London are at the centre of decision making
3. We will deliver a health and care service based on a single, integrated plan with tiers of provision to ensure quality of care alongside accessibility, with centres of excellence of specialist care, underpinned by a structure of local hospital and improved primary care.
Guard against longer waits
We will campaign for better standards of care and maintain the NHS as the provider of choice.
1. We will campaign for fair funding for health and care in order for it to meet the changing needs of our city.
2. We will ensure that when decisions are made on service configuration, patient’s needs and clinical outcomes are put before the needs of the market.
3. We will deliver services that are appropriately staffed and supported to deliver good care patients and their families can expect.
Promote collaboration over competition
We will campaign for the integration of public-health, the NHS and care to ensure patients get the right care, at the right time, in the right place by the right person, without artificial barriers put in their way.
1. We will reduce demand on health services through integrating and delivering on public health, keeping communities healthier and more able for longer.
2. We will ease the pressure on the NHS through integrating Health and social care, by keeping acute patients fitter and more able.
3. We will make the patient and their family’s interaction with the NHS seamless and remove the artificial barriers that prevent them accessing the services they need.
4. We will give families one named contact for the co-ordination of all health and care needs.
Put patients before profits
We will campaign for an NHS that values collaboration over competition and which delivers care according to the needs of patients, and not the market.
1. We will ensure that NHS provider strategies value collaboration between specialisms and services, rather than competition and tariff chasing.
2. The NHS will be the preferred provider of care. In the event that it makes operational sense for third party providers to be engaged, this decision will sit with the NHS
3. We will bring to an end the perverse disincentives of the internal market within the NHS that put financial structures ahead of patient care.
London’s NHS - A Set of Campaign Principles for London Labour Protect NHS founding values We will campaign for the repeal of the Health & Social Care Act and reaffirm...
The London Labour NHS Campaign will work with all constituency parties across the city to uphold the values and principles that the British public expect, high quality healthcare that is available to all, free at the point of use, based on need and not the ability to pay.
We will campaign for a London-wide NHS with high quality local services complemented by easy-to-reach specialist services, which are based on collaboration, not competition, co-ordination not fragmentation - with the NHS as the provider of choice, and decision-making led by the needs of patients not the market.
All Londoners will benefit from Labour’s policy of integration of the NHS, social care and public health into one service, with patients getting the right care, at the right time, in the right place from the right person, with artificial barriers moved out of the way.
This site will help to co-ordinate our city-wide campaigning and provide materials and resources that support our work to defend the NHS.
The London Labour NHS Campaign will work with all constituency parties across the city to uphold the values and principles that the British public expect, high quality healthcare that is...