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NHS crisis is a direct result of Tory policies

I was invited to speak at the rally organised by local Labour Party activists outside James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough this afternoon.

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The terrific numbers of people from all walks of life who, despite the cold and rain, turned out for the rally at James Cook University Hospital, and all the members of the public who passed who showed their support, spoke volumes and it made crystal clear just how concerned everyone is about the state our precious NHS.

With 75,000 patients waiting in the back of ambulances, the thousands kept waiting in A&E and the tens of thousands who’ve had their operations cancelled or postponed and 40,000 nursing vacancies, we are facing the worst winter crisis on record in our NHS while the Prime Minister and her government sit on their hands.

Jeremy Corbyn is absolutely right to call for an emergency budget to rescue this sorry state of affairs.

We cannot go on expecting the overstressed and underpaid staff who soldier on regardless to care for us.

The rally at James Cook University Hospital along with others in London and elsewhere should not be necessary. The whole country knows the NHS is in crisis; that it is entirely preventable and has come about as the direct result of Tory policies. 

They say that they value the NHS, but their actions tell us that their real priority is the ever increasing privatisation of the NHS and a Labour Government will bring such naked profiteering to an end.

We need a Labour government that will properly fund the NHS, properly fund social care, and keep our key public services where they belong, in public hands.

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