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Thurrock’s doctors and nurses back Labour’s Polly Billington

AS the General Election approaches the NHS remains one of the most important issues for voters. Doctors, nurses and a GP who have served Thurrock residents over many years in the health service are urging residents to back Labour’s Polly Billington.

In an open letter they said “ We know Polly will always stand up for the NHS. She got into politics to improve the public services people rely on. Under a Labour government Polly will work to ensure people in Thurrock have access to good quality health care.”

The group of current and former NHS staff backed Labour’s plan to save the NHS after five years of health service resources being ‘stretched thin’.

Polly said, "The NHS is not safe in the Conservatives hands. I dread to think what will happen to our health service if they get back in. UKIP, whose leader wants a private insurance based system, can’t be trusted with the NHS. Labour have a better plan which will to save our NHS".

Labour’s plans include recruiting 20,000 nurses and 8,000 more GPs, paid for by taxes to the mega-rich and tobacco firms. If in government they will also guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours.

Polly went on to say "I’m pleased people who have worked in our NHS and care passionately about our health services are supporting me. They know that on May 7th we have a clear choice between a Labour or a Tory government. The outcome of this election will have huge implications for the NHS, including for our services in Thurrock. Only a Labour government will keep the walk-in service open in Grays. Together we can work to build an NHS fit for the 21st century.”

The letter reads

"We care about our health service and have years of experience looking after people in Thurrock. Labour’s Polly Billington also cares about our NHS and if elected will uphold its ethos as an institution that serves the public free at the point of delivery.

Over the past five year our health service has been stretched thin as the government closes walk-in services and cuts funds for social care. In Thurrock we’ve had an A&E crisis, increases in targets missed, fewer spare beds and many patients are waiting longer to see their GP.

Polly has campaigned alongside the local Stroke Survivors Group to keep the Stroke Unit at Basildon Hospital. She has engaged with the Clinical Commissioning Groups consultation, speaking up for residents concerned about the plans to close the walk- in service in Grays.

Polly will be just as effective at supporting local health services in Parliament.

Labour will tax the super-rich and tobacco firms as well as crack down on tax avoidance to fund the necessary improvements to our health service.

As a result Polly and her Labour colleagues will:

 Recruit 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs

 Guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours

 Make sure more care can be provided in people’s homes

 Give mental health the priority it deserves

 Ensure patients won’t wait longer than one week for cancer tests

We know Polly will always stand up for the NHS. She got into to politics to improve the public services people rely on. Under a Labour government Polly will work to ensure people in Thurrock have access to good quality health care.

We would urge all residents, who like ourselves care passionately about the NHS, to vote for Polly on May 7th.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Eric Watts

(Haematologist formerly at Basildon Hospital)

Joyce Aldridge

(Nurse at Basildon Hospital)

Dr Olivia Headon

(Thurrock GP)

Marian Wright

(Nurse of 47 years from Purfleet)

Dr Mike Lowe

(Retired Head of Mental Health at Basildon Hospital)

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