HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

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Articles and Media I have appeared in Regarding Health and Care:

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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.

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

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Coverage of the offer of £1,200 to take relatives out of hospital

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.

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