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Opinion: We must all pull together to support the NHS

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 June 2018

The Conservative Party candidates for Havering. Andrew Rosindell ( Romford )

The Conservative Party candidates for Havering. Andrew Rosindell ( Romford )

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Now that Brexit is finally getting under way, the Conservative government is keeping its promise to the British people by investing in our NHS.

Thanks to a “Brexit dividend” forecasted by the government, we can finally stop filling the coffers of Brussels’ bureaucrats and redirect funds into a “birthday present” for one of our most valuable national institutions, which turns 70 this year!

With a budget increase of £20bn, the Conservatives are bringing the country together to invest in the health and wellbeing of the British people, with a 3.4per cent contribution on the current annual budget of £114bn pledged by 2023, making public spending on the NHS increase in real terms by £385m a week – that’s some £45m more than the forecast which toured the country on the side of the Brexit bus!

Increasing our NHS budget will also be good for British businesses, as it will ensure they don’t have to impose a rigid continental-style health tax on jobs.

With economic growth forecasts improving, public satisfaction with the NHS at record high, and NHS statistics reporting 69pc of the British public satisfied with healthcare provision – as compared with 57pc in France and 59pc in Germany – there could not be a better time to pull together and invest

in our most trusted national service.

As a Conservative, I am proud of the strides this government has made in recognising the importance of mental health, ensuring more money is being spent on the treatment of mental health than ever before.

Thanks to recent scientific advances and the hard work of the 1.2m people employed by the NHS, cancer survival rates also at a record high.

The progress is also improving locally Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, with 57,949 more

people seen within four hours in 2016/17, compared to 2009/10.

There are also 60 more hospital doctors and 249 more nurses than 2010, when Labour left office!

We must all pull together to support our NHS at this crucial moment in history, to build on these successes and continue to deliver the best possible service for the British people.

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