Shadow Min­is­ter calls in to visit Stroke Club mem­bers

Halifax Courier - - Politics - By felic­ity macna­mara

The Shadow Min­is­ter for Public Health vis­ited Hal­i­fax’s Heath Stroke Club on the elec­tion cam­paign trail. Lu­ciana Berger, Liver­pool Wavertree, heard about the work the club does to en­hance the qual­ity of life for stroke sur­vivors and adults with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties.

While there, she spoke to ser­vice users and out­lined Labour’s plan for the NHS.

She said: “Since the coali­tion gov­ern­ment was formed, they have brought in the Health and So­cial Care Act which has seen £3bn spent on a top-down re­or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“What the Labour Party has said is that we are go­ing to re­peal the Health and So­cial Care Act and we’re go­ing to en­sure we put pa­tients be­fore profit.

“But first and fore­most we want to cre­ate a na­tional health and so­cial care ser­vice, which brings to­gether not just phys­i­cal health and men­tal health, which is so im­por­tant, but also so­cial care as well.

“We’ll bring the whole thing to­gether so we’re treat­ing the whole per­son and not just one symp­tom at a time.”

Ms Berger had spent some of the day can­vass­ing with Holly Lynch, Labour’s Par­lia­men­tary can­di­date for Hal­i­fax.

“I’ve been out on the doorstep in Hal­i­fax speak­ing to vot­ers and hear­ing their con­cerns and it’s clear they don’t want an­other five years of Tory gov­ern­ment,” Ms Berger said.

“They’ve seen the dam­age that has been im­posed and peo­ple know they are not feel­ing the benefits of this, only just, eco­nomic re­cov­ery.

“The gov­ern­ment say ev­ery­thing is rosy, when in fact there’s been an in­crease in the peo­ple on zero hours con­tracts and peo­ple aren’t feel­ing the re­cov­ery ac­tu­ally at their kitchen ta­bles.

“It’s just the very few at the top that have ben­e­fit­ted from tax cuts, while ev­ery­one else is hav­ing to pay the price.

“It’s only Labour that’s got a bet­ter plan which will see ev­ery­one reap those re­wards.”

Lu­ciana Berger, Shadow Min­is­ter for Public Health , with Holly Lynch

Lu­ciana Berger, Shadow Min­is­ter for Public Health, with Mary Bromp­ton and Amanda Hulse

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