We all have personal stories about how the NHS has helped us throughout our lives. My most memorable, if emotional, experience was seeing the incredible care given to my Nan when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. NHS staff are incredible and their dedication and compassion is second to none.
Despite the thousands of wonderful stories we here in Bishop Auckland could share, the NHS is far from perfect, so it is crucial those in Government do all they can to constantly work for a better, fairer NHS.
The Long Term Plan, set out by the Prime Minister today, highlights some of the crucial areas in which that record £20bn a year investment will be spent, including:
? £2.3bn for mental health, with a particular focus on supporting young people suffering from mental health conditions
? A renewed emphasis on early screening and prevention, particularly for cancer patients (an issue very close to my heart)
? Plans for more hospital beds and better, more integrated social care provision
? Increased funding for community healthcare so people can recover, and be supported, in their own homes, rather than having unnecessary hospital stays
? A reduction in waste, so our taxpayers’ money is spent on delivering healthcare, not on bureaucracy
? And (because I’m a geek and implement digital solutions for a living!) a new, extensive digital strategy. This will see the introduction of a new NHS App, allowing us to have digital appointments and consultations from the comfort of our own home or workplace.
I am proud, as a Conservative Candidate, to stand alongside our Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, in promoting our excellent #NHSLongTermPlan.
You can find out more about the NHS Long Term Plan here ??https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/