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N&N A+E attendance surge and "incredible pressure" on local GPs add to the NHS crisis in our city

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The local doctor's group responsible for almost 80% of healthcare in Norwich say a “significant” increase in A&E activity at the N&N in May is “extremely worrying”.

Norwich CCG have revealed that "A&E activity at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital was almost 9% above plan during April and May." The doctors group is so concerned about the situation at the N&N that they are considering using money specifically earmarked for dealing with exceptional winter demand on our local NHS NOW - in the middle of summer.

a_e_crisis_evening_news_summer_2014_image.pngThe chairman of Norwich CCG says local GP services are under “incredible pressure” and some people might be going straight to A&E because they could not get an appointment to see their doctor or believed they could not get an appointment.

The NHS is on the ropes in our city.

• We have one of the worst mental healthcare crises in the country with staff here more concerned about the safety and quality of patient care than practically any other place in England.

• Older people in Norwich are increasingly stuck in hospital because there is nowhere safe or appropriate for them to go after they've been discharged. In the last three years, there's been a 35% increase in the amount of time that older Norfolk people get stuck in hospital because there are fewer available nursing/residential home places and they can’t get sufficient care in their own homes.

• And our city's only Walk-In Centre has recently been under threat of being moved out of the city centre or maybe disappearing completely.

David Cameron and his Lib Dem supporters in the Coalition came to power saying that the NHS would be safe in his hands. But the evidence here in our own city shows how empty that promise was.

The next Labour government will make rescuing our NHS a top priority. We will make sure that health spending is focused on ‘early intervention’ and will integrate the work of the varied organisations that contribute to our healthcare in Norwich. Our 48hr GP appointment guarantee will stop people ending up at A&E because they can’t see their own doctor quickly enough.

We will ensure that local authorities and the NHS co-operate to end the indignity and huge cost of older people having to wait in hospital because they can't be discharged and prevent them from ending up in hospital in the first place. How can it be right that because a local County Council can’t afford to give older people a grab rail for their bath, so many fall and end up in A&E?

Above all we will put an end to the Tories’ privatisation of our NHS by breaking it into little pieces and offering out to their backers in the private health and hedge fund industries.

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