"In 2019, I proposed and won an alternative budget to put £3.5 million towards mental healthcare in schools, the first ever successful budget challenge of this Council."
SAVING CORNWALL'S NHS AND SOCIAL CARE
As a councillor on Cornwall’s Adult Health and Social Care Committee, I share the despair at how our health and care system in Cornwall has been neglected and underfunded by the Tories for more than a decade.
Covid has been the last straw – now we have up to 30 patients at a time queuing in ambulances outside Treliske and the longest waiting lists since records began. Only a Labour Government will fund our healthcare properly and support a National Care Service to work alongside our National Health Service with decent pay and conditions for all staff.
I have a proven, local track record of standing up and fighting for our NHS and I pledge that if you select me as our candidate, I will put saving our NHS and establishing a National Care Service at the heart of all I do, both locally and in Westminster.
Wes Streeting, Shadow Health & Social Care Secretary, on what Labour will do for health and social care in Cornwall.
I have sat on the Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee in Cornwall Council since 2018. I am also a member of Keep our NHS Public Cornwall and the Socialist Health Association. Cornwall’s healthcare system has been underfunded for years. We have had less investment per person than in other parts of the country. At the moment, both our health service and social care system are in a ‘critical incident’ state. We have 30,000 people on the NHS dentist waiting list.
Articles and Media I have appeared in Regarding Health and Care:
I fought for regular Covid vaccination clinics in Falmouth for months. We finally got one this year
The Impact of the G7 on Cornwall’s Covid cases
In March 2022, I attended the Labour Party Women’s Conference where our local party won a motion calling for a National Health and Care Service which is:
Publicly funded, free at the point of use
Publicly provided, not for profit
Nationally mandated but designed and delivered locally
Co-produced with service users and democratically accountable
Underpinned by staff whose pay & conditions reflect their true value and skills
Designed to meet the needs of informal carers
And sets up a taskforce on independent living
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP (Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health), Luke Pollard MP and Jayne Kirkham with Ambulance Paramedics at Royal Cornwall Hospital.