This week I voted in the House of Commons to give more funding to the NHS, which would have seen an additional £26bn in real terms pumped into health services in England.
With the Queen’s Speech debate back in parliament, my Labour Party colleagues secured focus on funding for health and social care services. In a parliamentary procedure known as a ‘regret motion’, we made the case for increasing funding for the NHS and social care, and exposed the failings of the Conservative Government’s Queen’s Speech in relation to the NHS.
Labour forced a vote to get parliament’s backing to fund the NHS by an additional four per cent a year and called for the Government to bring forward a plan to end the crisis in social care.
The motion was voted down by the government.
The additional funding promised by the Conservatives amounts to a 3.1 per cent uplift – below the 3.3 percent the Institute for Fiscal Studies stated was needed for services just to be maintained at the current level.
Whilst at the same time, we saw the worst national A&E waiting times on record, with the number of people waiting on trolleys for treatment reaching over 98,000 – the highest ever seen during the winter.
This was the first vote in the Commons on non Brexit-related legislation since the general election. With our NHS in crisis I will continue the fight to save it in Manchester Gorton, and I will continue to hold the Conservative government to account.