I’m really proud that my first non-Brexit vote in the House of Commons was to save our NHS. We must fight to save vital health services in the Easington constituency Grahame Morris MP
Grahame Morris MP

Easington MP Grahame Morris voted in the House of Commons to give more funding to the NHS, which would have seen an additional £26bn in real terms pumped into health services in England.

With the Queen’s Speech debate back in parliament Labour secured a vote on funding for health and social care services. 

In a parliamentary procedure known as a ‘regret motion’, Labour made make the case for increasing funding for the NHS and social care and exposed the failings of the Conservative Government’s Queen’s Speech in relation to the NHS.

Labour forced a vote to get parliament’s backing to fund the NHS by an additional four per cent a year and called for the Government to bring forward a plan to end the crisis in social care. The motion was voted down by the government.

It was the first vote in the Commons on non-Brexit related legislation since the general election.

The additional funding promised by the Conservatives amounts to a 3.1 per cent uplift – below the 3.3 percent the Institute for Fiscal Studies stated was needed for services just to be maintained at the current level.

Last week, we saw the worst national A&E waiting times on record, with the number of people waiting on trolleys for treatment reaching over 98000 – the highest ever seen during the winter.

In County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust only 70% of patients were treated within the 4-hour target in December.

Grahame Morris MP for Easington said:

“I’m really proud that my first non-Brexit vote in the House of Commons was to save our NHS. With our NHS in crisis under the Tories, we must fight to save vital health services in the Easington constituency”

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