Clive Lewis For Norwich South
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has been rated ‘requires improvement’ overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following a visit in March this year. The Trust’s rating is unchanged from its previous inspection in April 2017.
Despite the triumphalism of local Tory MPs, I said earlier this year it’d take more than giving the our ambulance service a few extra quid to fix the chaos this government has created in our local health service.
The Norfolk and Norwich hospital has been rated inadequate, local mental health services have failed twice and we’ve got a Tory County Council continually begging their own government for more money for Adult Social Care. And now our ambulance service remains stuck in ‘requires improvement’ purgatory.
Make no mistake, we are in the midst of a Norwich NHS and care crisis made in Downing Street. A crisis caused by by eight years of Tory underfunding of health and savage cuts to social care and community preventative services which reduce the need for people to go to hospital in the first place.
Labour will ensure the NHS gets the 5% annual funding growth that it needs to return it to the healthy state it was in before the Tories starting wrecking it in 2010.
In addition, Labour will lay the foundations of a National Care Service to end the lottery for care and commit an additional £8 billion to Adult Social Care over the lifetime of next parliament.