Plymouth Labour has launched a new campaign to tackle the chronic underfunding in the NHS that saw Derriford Hospital raise its alert level to the highest level.
Plymouth Labour launch campaign on Derriford Hospital
Responding to the news that Derriford Hospital has been placed on the highest alert level, Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of the Labour Group on Plymouth City Council, said:
The problems of Derriford are not locally created but are but a part of the health and social care crisis facing the country as a whole.
We are long past the point where efficiency savings will deliver the NHS from its problem. The reality of this situation is chronic underfunding.
It is high time that our local MPs stood up for our area and made clear to government that Derriford Hospital, it’s staff and it’s patients deserve far better than this.
The state of NHS budgets was focused on late last year when Ray James responded to the Local Government Finance Settlement in December 2016. Commenting, Ray James, Immediate Past President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:
We welcome the Government’s acknowledgement of the need to address the crisis in social care funding but the amount brought forward for 2017/18 is woefully inadequate.
It is over £1 billion less than all leading sector experts (King’s Fund, LGA and Nuffield Trust) say is needed to fund adult social care next year and the precept raises less in areas with the greatest need.
There is no extra money for councils during this Parliament and ADASS would welcome sight of how government have satisfied themselves about the adequacy of this settlement for 2017/18 given the widely acknowledged increases in the demand for and cost of social care.
This settlement is not sufficient to stabilise a care market in crisis. It will not enable us to recruit the front line care workers needed, it will not ease the pressures on our hospitals but most of all, it is not sufficient to provide older and disabled people and their families with dignified, respectful care.
Plymouth Labour will be campaigning on the chronic underfunding of Derriford Hospital at 1130 on Saturday 7 January in Plymouth Town Centre next to the Sundial. Find out more details here.