Labour’s plan will promote good health and help to prevent ill health. We will join up health and care services to help people to stay living independently in their own homes, which is better for families and better value for taxpayers’ money. We will give people more control over the services they use and new rights, such as the right to see a GP within 48 hours, the guarantee of a maximum one week wait for cancer tests, one-to-one care from a midwife for every woman during labour and childbirth and a new right to talking therapies. We will truly put mental health on a par with physical health, and we will help people to help themselves through bold action on public health. These changes will be underpinned the investment of an additional £2.5 billion in the NHS each year to pay for 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more homecare workers and 3,000 more midwives.
On 6 April Liam Byrne, shadow minister for universities, science and skills, and I guest-edited LabourList on the topic of technology. We looked at how we can make the most of advances in technology, using it to bring about profound social and economic change. It’s vital that everyone has the skills they need to benefit from the digital age, that we use technology to create more and better jobs spread across all regions, and that we use it to give people more power over their public services. You can read mine and Liam’s article here and take a look at the other contributions here.
I’m campaigning for more affordable housing in Leicester West – including building more rented social housing – and help for homeowners through the recession.
As Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People I’m campaigning for better services and support for older people, carers and their families, and a sustainable system for funding social care in future.
I’m working to help your family by pressing for faster progress in local schools, more improvements in our NHS, and continued investment in children’s early years.
Helping businesses and making sure people have got the skills and training they need to work and earn a decent living is a top priority in Leicester West.