Westminster Labour will stand up for the NHS and public health

If elected on May 3rd a Labour Council will fight to support a publically funded and delivered NHS that works for all Westminster residents.

Labour will instigate a review of patient access to local GPs and will work with the NHS to ensure GPs can continue to get premises at affordable rents in Westminster through co-location and integration with the Council’s development plans.

Westminster Labour will continue its opposition to the government’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) process for the local health service while it continues to threaten hospital care across north and west London.

Westminster Labour press for the failing Urgent Care Centre at St Mary’s Hospital to be brought back into direct NHS control. We will continue to work with Imperial College NHS Trust to protect ambulance access to St Mary’s

A Labour Council will the deliver integrated health and wellbeing centres, first called for by Labour in a 2017 white paper, that will bring together a range of different service, including opportunities for ‘social prescribing’ social, cultural and  exercise activities as called for in a recent Council task group research paper led by Labour’s Health Champion Cllr Barrie Taylor.

We will launch a review of the Council’s approach to tackling childhood obesity and examine what more the Council’s Leisure provider ‘Everyone Active’ and Fit for Sport can do to make activities more affordable and accessible to low income families.

A Labour Council would champion mental health and sign up to the Local Authority Mental Health Challenge supported by Mind, the Centre for Mental Health and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. We will appoint a voluntary sector or resident mental health champion alongside the current Councillor champion role, while raising the profile of mental health throughout the council.