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3. GET THE NHS BACK ON ITS FEET

Together with my Conservative colleague, Theo Clarke, and the Birth Trauma Association, I’ve co-chaired a landmark cross-party parliamentary inquiry into birth trauma, which recently launched our report. We found that too many mothers and their families have been left with terrible physical and psychological consequences as a result of traumatic births, and we want to end the taboo that keeps these stories hidden. The Government accepted our recommendations, including the need for better maternity standards, an end to the ‘postcode lottery’, and a new Maternity Commissioner to improve healthcare for mothers and their babies. The Secretary of State also incorporated  Birth Trauma into the Women’s Health Strategy. 
 
Locally, I’ve worked with health ministers and affected local families following the publication of Dr Bill Kirkup’s report into East Kent Hospitals maternity services. Some have been through so much, and we owe it to them to ensure that Government continues to work with the Hospital Trust to transform maternity care in East Kent.
 
Five years ago, the Tories promised us a new hospital in Canterbury, but we’re further from delivery than ever. Ministers have ignored repeated bids for critical capital investment into local health services. We deserve better than pre-war infrastructure and fragmented services, and I will continue to fight for what we need, located close to home.
As a retired Nurse and midwife, working in the Canterbury area for over 30 years, I know first hand the issues facing maternity care. Rosie has pushed ministers to accept the need for better standards and I wholeheartedly support her goal of improving healthcare for mothers and baby's.
Jane Brady
Retired Midwife

OUR PLEDGE

In Canterbury we understand just how failed Tory plans to ‘build a new hospital’ have let our community down. A new Labour government would:

Drive down waiting lists

Creating 40,000 extra appointments, scans and operations a week during its first year.

Double the number of scanners in the NHS -waiting for test results is a key bottleneck in the system.

Train more doctors and drive down our use of agency staff. Creating 7,500  more medical school places and 10,000 more nursing and midwifery clinical places a year.

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Improve GP access

Allow patients to book routine checks for long term conditions and more appointments through the NHS App - ending the 8am scramble

Improve continuity of care by forcing GP surgeries to bring back the family doctor

Free up GP appointments by boosting mental health support. We will create open access mental health hubs for children and young people in every community.

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Create a Neighbourhood NHS Workforce

Estabish multi-disciplinary teams focussed on reducing hospital admissions, supporting hospital discharges and improving long term health outcomes. Patients will have one point of contact into a neighbourhood team including their family doctor, health visitors, dentist, social prescriber and mental health specialists.

Double the number of district nurses and train 5,000 more health visitors. Doubling the number of district nurses will allow the NHS to expand 'hospital at home' services like virtual wards and end the postcode lottery families experience in getting support.

Ensure an additional 100,000 children's dental appointments a year.

Enshrining 'treatment at home' as a first choice for social care, supporting unpaid carers and free up referral routes, for example, opticians should be able to be referred directly to hospital by their optician. Create a community pharmacy prescribing service

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Strengthen the culture of the NHS

Listen to the Kirkup report in how to improve maternity services across East Kent. We will train thousands more midwives as part of the NHS Workforce Plan and set explicit targets to close the Black and Asian maternal mortality gap.

Digitise the Red Book record of children's health, improving support for new families. We will enable vaccinations for babies and children as part of health visits.

New incentives for trusts to invest in technology to aid staff in their diagnosis and engage in research projects which retain staff and reduce replication.

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OUR FIRST STEP

The NHS is on its knees. The waiting list – now at 7.5 million – is leaving patients languishing in pain and misery.

This first step will tackle this urgent crisis in our NHS by delivering more operations, appointments and diagnostic tests during the evening and at weekends.

We’ll do this by paying staff extra to do additional shifts out of hours. This will get people the treatment they desperately need, save the taxpayer money, and allow us to focus on reforming the NHS to make it fit for the future.

We are seeing a two-tier system emerge, as those who can afford it are going private to be seen faster, while those who can’t are being left behind.

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