West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with local NHS campaigners from 38 Degrees this week to discuss the calls for increased funding from government to put towards the NHS.
Local residents Eric Knowles, Malcolm Duncan and John Shepherd who share Rosie’s passion for the NHS were pleased to hear of Rosie’s continued and vocal commitment to the NHS and its need for more money.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I share the concerns about the sustained underfunding of our NHS. After eight years of the biggest financial squeeze in its history, the Government refused time and again to give our health service the funding it requires and I believe it is patients who are paying the price.
“I have repeatedly called for a long-term investment plan for the NHS. At the 2017 general election I stood on a manifesto with a commitment to fully fund the NHS and social care sectors fulfilling the obligations to the public legally enshrined in the NHS Constitution and to improve the quality of care for patients. The Institute for Fiscal Studies confirmed that the manifesto pledged almost £9 billion extra for health and social care in the first year – this would have amounted to an immediate increase of more than 5%.
“Our NHS and social care system needs a long-term and sustainable plan. A key test for the Government will be whether it is prepared to take fair decisions on taxation to fully fund our NHS and social care sector. I believe Ministers should start by allocating a 5% increase in immediate funding.
“It was a pleasure to meet with the local NHS campaigners to discuss the national picture as well as the damage this underfunding by the government causes to our local services and how we must continue to campaign and defend our NHS together.
Campaigner Eric Knowles commented:
“We were delighted that Rosie was able to make the time to meet with us and immediately assure us of her backing for increased NHS funding, and was able to demonstrate this through her record of action and not just words, and also through her detailed understanding of the complexities of the NHS.”
Pictured: John Shepherd, Eric Knowles, Malcolm Duncan and Rosie Cooper MP