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Tris Osborne objects to South Eastern rail fare rises after record increases since 2010 and calls for a change to the franchise system.

Tris Osborne, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate

"As a regular commuter I am disgusted by the increase in fares given the Conservatives themselves campaigned to stop increases pre-2010. When a political party so abjectly fails to deal with the problem it is clear we need change

"I will not continue to support a broken franchise model and back the moves by Labour to introduce a not-for-profit model on our railways. I also agree with the removal of Flex which allows South Eastern to penalize my residents"

 

Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the rise in rail fares, said:

“David Cameron has failed to stand up for working people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, allowing train companies to hit passengers with inflation-busting fare rises of over 20 per cent since 2010.

“Today, passengers have learned their fares will rise by up to 5.5 per cent next year, potentially costing them hundreds of pounds.

“We can’t go on like this. A Labour government will cap fares on every route and drive through the biggest reform of the railways since privatisation, delivering a better deal for passengers and taxpayers.”

 

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Rail Fares sting must stop

Tris Osborne objects to South Eastern rail fare rises after record increases since 2010 and calls for a change to the franchise system.

Tristan Osborne, Labour PPC for Chatham & Aylesford, has highlighted concern over the postcode lottery of Cancer treatment within Medway and North Kent.

According to Macmillan 's analysis of Office for National Statistics data, 37% of people in Medway, Kent, die within 12 months of diagnosis and is amongst the worst in the United Kingdom
 
Macmillan said that areas with the poorest survival rates are on average failing to meet at least one key NHS waiting time targets for treatments. Medway Maritime A&E has consistently failed to meet A&E admissions targets with one in five having to wait over the four hour target threshold.

Tristan is currently mid-way through his NHS survey of residents across Medway and Aylesford. The results highlight chronic concern surrounding resources and anger around Conservative support for a top-down re-organisation that has seen botched privatisation of key services including NHS Direct and 111 services.
 
Tristan Osborne said:
 
"The statistics on cancer treatment and mortality make sobering reading for residents and reflect my  concern that the NHS is struggling under this Tory-led government.

"A fast diagnosis followed by timely and effective treatment is a big part in the fight against cancer.

"Under the last Labour government, we introduced a two-week referral guarantee so that if your GP suspected you had cancer this would be treated. A fast diagnosis followed by timely and effective treatment is a big part in the fight against cancer.
 
"The postcode lottery is unfair. It contradicts the founding principles of the NHS. We all pay national insurance and taxes on the same terms, no matter where we live, and we all have a right to NHS treatment on equal terms."
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Postcode Lottery for Cancer treatment unacceptable

Tristan Osborne, Labour PPC for Chatham & Aylesford, has highlighted concern over the postcode lottery of Cancer treatment within Medway and North Kent.

37,015 patients in Medway, and 59,386 patients in West Kent, waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found. 

13.97% of Medway’s patients, and 12.90% of West Kent’s patients, faced a wait of a week or more when they phoned for an appointment in the last year. 

Labour has pledged to invest £100 million in GP surgeries - saved by scrapping David Cameron's NHS market rules that waste millions on lawyers fees and contract tendering - to guarantee appointments within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it. 

The annual NHS England survey, released earlier this month, also revealed that local patients struggle to see the family doctor of their choosing. 41% of patients in Medway and 27% in West Kent see their preferred GP either ‘Some of the time’ or ‘Never’. The next Labour Government will also give patients the right to book ahead with the GP they prefer to see. 

The delays have left 12.55% of residents in Medway, and 6.28% in West Kent, saying they would not recommend their family's practice to new patients. 

Tristan Osborne, Labour’s candidate in Chatham and Aylesford said:

"David Cameron has made it harder for people in Chatham and Aylesford to get a GP appointment - proof he can't be trusted with our local NHS.

"Within days of the last election, he scrapped Labour's appointments guarantee and now thousands of people here are waiting over a week. Labour will scrap David Cameron's NHS market and invest the savings in helping people get a GP appointment within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it."

Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said:

"This survey confirms what Labour has been saying. People want to be able to see the GP they trust, and who knows their family history, but are left phoning the surgery day after day only to be disappointed. Patients are waiting days or even weeks for appointments and that is forcing people to A&E in record numbers. 

“People know from their own experience that the NHS is heading downhill under this Government."

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Editor’s Note:

GP survey statistics - NHS England CCG Report (July 2014):  http://gp-survey-production.s3.amazonaws.com/archive/2014/July/weighted/July%202014%20CCG%20Report%20weighted.xls

 

Thousands of patients wait over a week to see GP under David Cameron

37,015 patients in Medway, and 59,386 patients in West Kent, waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found. 

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