This last week my inbox has been filled by patients and hospital staff telling me of pressing problems with our local NHS.
As we come into those dangerous winter months, there are more complex problems than our NHS has faced in many years.
There are almost too many to list:
- The new proposal to remove Urological Cancer Services from Stepping Hill, which Doctors are opposing Manchester Evening News
- Breast Symptomatic Services at Stepping Hill have been removed; meaning women have to go to Macclesfield instead Manchester Evening News
- Recruitment of the skilled staff that we desperately need - from the EU and elsewhere - falling off a cliff edge thanks to the Conservatives’ obsession with Brexit at all costs Fullfact.org
- For the first time ever, the average wait for a routine GP appointment is now more than two weeks Pulse Today
- Warnings from pharmacists about medicine shortages The Daily Telegraph
- More than two million adults in England unable to access an NHS Dentist BBC
- Even minor services - like routine ear syringing - being removed from local clinics like Marple because the equipment isn’t being replaced.
I want you to know that I am committed to securing the future of the NHS.
As you will know, alongside local residents I led the successful campaign to secure Specialist Status for Stepping Hill Hospital.
Recently we Lib Dems in Stockport discovered that Stockport NHS Foundation Trust was charged £4 million in interest payments over the five financial years up to 2017/18.
What this means is that the Conservatives have been effectively clawing money back from Stepping Hill and starving the Trust of crucial funds - money patients and staff desperately need!
In October I called on Stockport Council to demand the government stops charging Trusts interest on annual overspends and issues a one-off refund covering the last five years.
I'm pleased to say my proposal was supported by Stockport Council.
I want to promise you something: You have my word that I won't stop standing up for our NHS.
But as a local campaigner, there is only so much I can do.
Elect me as your MP and I will have the ammunition to take the fight further.
Liberal Democrats would put a penny in the pound on Income Tax to invest in the NHS and social care. We would invest an extra £35 billion into health and social care over the next five years.
Please consider voting for me as your MP on 12th December.