Today, Rosie 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 today (Thursday), the Labour Party secured focus on funding for health and social care services.
In a parliamentary procedure known as a ‘regret motion’, Labour made make 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.
It was the first vote in the Commons on non Brexit related legislation since the general election.
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.
Last week, we saw the worst national A&E waiting times on record, with the number of people waiting on trolleys for treatment reaching over 98000 – the highest ever seen during the winter.
In Canterbury the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust missed its target to treat 95 per cent of patients within 4 hours. It treated 73.9% of patients within the target time.
Rosie said: “I’m really proud that my first non Brexit vote in the House of Commons was to save our NHS. With our NHS in crisis I will continue the fight to save it in Canterbury”