As our National Health Service turned 70 this month, Stevenage Labour Party today presented three giant birthday cards to all NHS staff (represented here by Emma Bailey (ED team), Aisha Nisar (ED team), Jackie Downes (ED matron) and Nick Carver (Chief Executive, East and North Herts NHS Trust) at the Lister Hospital. The cards were covered with around 400 messages from Stevenage shoppers who stopped at Labour Party stalls in the Old Town and New Town Centres in early July to talk about what the NHS means to them and sign the cards.
Jill Borcherds (second from left), Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate said, “The NHS is the Labour Party’s proudest achievement. It was a privilege to hear how much it means to members of our community. Two young children who had both spent time in the Lister Special Care Baby Unit signed a card and there were many others, young and old who simply stated that the NHS had saved their life.
“As a teacher, I love to hear about ex-students who now work in the NHS. On Saturday, I spoke to a midwife I had taught maths at Nobel and I know of many others now in NHS roles including nurses, radiologists and hospital consultants.”
Over the past 8 years the Tories have starved the NHS of the resources it needs, they have allowed more and more local services to be privatised and undermined staff doing their best to care for the sick. Labour created the NHS and are the only party who will protect and invest in our health services. From the start of our lives, to the very end, our NHS is there for us. Let’s celebrate it and fight for it.”