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Gordon calls on PM to stop “waffling” and give NHS and Social Care the funding it needs

Gordon has told Prime Minister Theresa May to stop “waffling about her shared society” and give adult social care and the NHS the funding it urgently needs at PMQs.Gordon_at_PMQs.jpg

He referred to figures he was given at a meeting he had with officials at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals last week, where people waiting over 12 hours in A&E has doubled in the last year (and a 100 over the age of 90).

During his meeting they told him their biggest problem was discharging patients into community care because of Government cuts to social care budgets – the very point he pressed the Prime Minister on.

In his question to the PM he said: "Last Friday I went to Blackpool Victoria hospital where the number of people waiting 12 hours or more in A&E doubled last year, with 100 of them aged 90 or over.

"Trust managers told me that the biggest factor in delays is discharging patients who cannot get community care, and my local paper said that Government cuts have eroded support for them.

"Will the Prime Minister stop waffling about her shared society, listen to her own budget watchdog saying that we will need £30 billion for older people in the next 10 years, and put that money not into corporation tax cuts but into local adult care and the NHS?"

Gordon has said he’d be following up the question at PMQs with further written questions to the Prime Minister.

This Saturday (21st) from 12.30pm, Gordon and Blackpool Labour activists will be campaigning on Highfield Road calling on the Tory Government to give the NHS and social care the funding it urgently needs.


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