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[11/08/2014 | No comment]

It was gammon steaks followed by strawberries & ice cream on the menu at the Manor House on my most recent visit to their lunch club. A group of fantastic volunteers, including Sue Tebbutt, Susan Meadows, Michele Boyle and Arthur Manager are always sure to cook up a real treat. Even local PCSO, Maggie Hill, found it difficult to resist the smell of the delicious food.

All are welcome to the lunch club, which takes place every Tuesday at 12:30pm. Just call the centre beforehand for more information on 0116 222 1021

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[08/08/2014 | No comment]

IMG_2743My nationwide survey of local councils shows that 5,500 fewer people are getting home adaptations like handrails, ramps and stairlifts compared to 2010 – that’s a cut of 12%. These adaptations are a lifeline for older and disabled people, helping them to stay living independently at home and preventing painful falls and fractures.

Fewer home adaptations, alongside the lack of other services in the community, means increasing numbers of frail, elderly people are ending up in A&E and getting stuck in hospital when they don’t need to be there.  This causes huge distress for them and their families and it’s a false economy because taxpayers end up paying extra for more expensive hospital care.

This is just one example of the way in which services are going backwards under the Tories, despite their promises. I’ve given a major speech setting out their failure, Labour’s plan for putting it right – and the choice that we all face in health and social care at next year’s General Election.

You can read my full speech via the link below – and see coverage of my home adaptations story in the Sun, Telegraph and Mail.

Liz Kendall The Choice speech 7th Aug 2014

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[05/08/2014 | No comment]

GMB_1David Cameron promised to protect patient care, but instead he has lost control of NHS waiting times. 

3 million people are now on the waiting list. The number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for their treatment has increased by 50% since 2010. It’s especially worrying that the cancer waiting target has been missed for the first time ever.

Ministers say that they don’t want anyone waiting more than a year for their treatment, when they should be guaranteeing that nobody waits more than 18 weeks. The truth is that the Government has mismanaged the NHS and it’s patients who are paying the price.

I spoke about this on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, which you can watch again here – the story starts at around 6 minutes in. You can also read about the story in the Daily Mail and the Times.

Caring for older people »

[31/07/2014 | No comment]

I’m deeply concerned that a recent review into local NHS services found 1 in 5 patients received care that wasn’t good enough. This is completely unacceptable and must change – as University Hospitals Leicester and other local NHS services have rightly acknowledged. 

Since 2010/11, mortality rates at our hospitals have been slightly higher than the national average, which is why UHL asked for this review to be done. The review looked at what happened to 381 patients who died within 30 days of being admitted to hospital as an emergency. You can read coverage in the Mercury here.

I welcome the fact that the review’s results have been published and the families of the patients who received substandard care have been contacted: their needs and concerns must come first. Complete openness and transparency in the NHS is essential so staff can learn lessons when things go wrong, and patients can have confidence that everything possible is being done to improve the quality of their care.

I’ll be working with UHL, our local GPs and community services to ensure all the necessary steps are now taken. In particular, we must make sure that staff are properly trained to discuss end of life care with patients and their families, communication between clinicians improves, and that UHL and GPs work together better so patients don’t fall through the gaps when they go in and out of hospital.

[30/07/2014 | No comment]

Gaza 2

I was very proud to be invited to sign Leicester’s Gaza peace flag this week. The flag, which has been taken to No 10 Downing Street, has been signed by people of all faiths and cultures and symbolises our city’s commitment to a peaceful resolution in Gaza.

The urgent priority must be to secure an immediate ceasefire. However, our ultimate goal must be not just an end to the war, but a strategy for building the peace. I will continue to press for an end to the violence, terror and blockade in Gaza and to a negotiated two state solution, which is the only way to bring lasting security and justice to the Israeli and Palestinian people.