Shadow Health Minister visits Pendle

PENDLE VISIT: Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham and Pendle's Labour Candidate County Coun. Azhar Ali with fellow party members at Colne Health Centre. (S) # GETTING TOGETHER: Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham and Pendle's Labour Candidate County Coun. Azhar Ali meet at Colne Health Centre. (S)
PENDLE VISIT: Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham and Pendle's Labour Candidate County Coun. Azhar Ali with fellow party members at Colne Health Centre. (S) # GETTING TOGETHER: Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham and Pendle's Labour Candidate County Coun. Azhar Ali meet at Colne Health Centre. (S)
Share this article

Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham was in Pendle earlier this week talking to patients and local doctors about the current state of the NHS.

Mr Burnham met up with user groups, pharmacists, doctors and members of the public to hear their views and concerns.

Mr Burnham said: “We have a crisis in the NHS whether that is the difficulties for some in seeing their GP or it’s the waiting times in A&E and lack of beds in our local hospitals.

“We need to stop re-organising the NHS and focus on integrating health and social care so we have one person as the point of contact for each patient.”

The Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate in Pendle, County Coun. Azhar Ali, said: “Our NHS is under huge pressure because of savage Tory cuts to social care which has resulted in local hospitals creaking at the seams with a lack of beds and Ambulances queuing outside A&E.

“That is why we have to fight to stop the Tories privatisation of the NHS.”

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham and Pendle's Labour Candidate County Coun. Azhar Ali with fellow party members at Colne Health Centre

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham and Pendle's Labour Candidate County Coun. Azhar Ali with fellow party members at Colne Health Centre

And on his trip here the Shadow Health Secretary visited Colne Health Centre and also went to the ACE Centre in Nelson where there was a public meeting.