Harrow NHS Campaign
Gareth Thomas MP is campaigning for a fair allocation of NHS funding for Harrow.
Gareth recently spoke in the House of Commons to raise concerns about the amount of NHS funding Harrow receives. The total funding shortfall for Harrow has been estimated at £23.4 million in each of the next two financial years - almost £50 million.
£25 million a year could pay for around 500 nurses or 200 A&E consultants or could help to extend the opening hours of walk-in centres in the borough such as the one on Alexander Avenue.
This forecast "funding gap" over two years just increases the financial pressure on the Borough and means Harrow may have fewer doctors and nurses to serve its patients, in a system that is already under stress.
For example North West London Hospital NHS Trust, which runs Northwick Park Hospital is one of the five worst Trusts for A&E waiting times in the country. All hospital trusts in England have been set the target of seeing 95% of A&E patients within four hours but in 2013/14 in North West London just 87% of patients were seen within four hours. With the downgrading of the A&E department at Ealing and Central Middlesex, pressures on Northwick Park Hospital will be even greater.
The trust has also been urgently looking at ways to tackle ‘unacceptable high levels of occupancy’ at the Hospital. Recently published board minutes by the Trust indicate that 123 beds are urgently required to address ‘the underlying capacity gap’ at the main hospital serving Harrow residents.
There is also a London wide NHS campaign. The London Labour NHS Campaign is working to uphold the values and principles that the British public expect, high quality healthcare that is available to all, free at the point of use, based on need and not the ability to pay.
Labour will campaign for a London-wide NHS with high quality local services and easy-to-reach specialist services, which are based on collaboration, not competition, co-ordination not fragmentation - with the NHS as the provider of choice, and decision-making led by the needs of patients not the market.
All Londoners will benefit from Labour’s policy of integration of the NHS, social care and public health into one service, with patients getting the needed care, with artificial barriers moved out of the way.