Nottingham Labour is ambitious for the city’s development. However, Nottingham people will not feel the full benefit of this if they are not well enough to take advantage of new opportunities. As part of the Government’s reorganisation of the NHS, the Council has been given responsibility for the public health of the people of Nottingham for the first time. Caring for our older residents, as well as 6,500 vulnerable adults, is now a key council responsibility.
However, across the country, social care services have not always worked effectively with services provided by the NHS. Integrating health and social care will be a key issue for the next government, and in Nottingham we have taken the lead on this with our ‘Better Care Fund’ plan, rated one of the best in the country. We will develop this plan further, ensuring better care for our vulnerable residents.
The National Health Service is a key dividing line between the political parties. Labour founded the NHS, invested in it for decades and believes that healthcare should be available for everyone – not just those wealthy enough to aford it. A Labour win in the General Election will mean 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives – all paid for by tobacco companies and by closing tax loopholes. In contrast the Tories and Lib Dems have forced an expensive top-down reorganisation costing £3bn and which has led to rocketing waiting times, the failure of the Cancer Guarantee and 5,500 fewer nurses. As for UKIP, they want to sell of the NHS and charge you to see your GP. Only with Labour is the NHS safe.
Good health and social care services are a vital part of making sure that all citizens can benefit from our city’s improvements. But we also need people to exercise personal responsibility for their health; making good lifestyle choices and using the excellent facilities provided for them.
To find out more about Nottingham Labour’s Manifesto and plans for a healthier Nottingham down load our PDF HERE