Jared calls for better support for local NHS services.

Today the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, made a visit to Fulwood House in my constituency.

Fulwood House offers a wide array of health and social care services. The service provides support to people suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues, psychological support, and rehabilitation for brain injury sufferers and those with long-term neurological brain conditions.

I was invited by Jeremy Hunt MP to join him on his visit but I declined his invitation.

Seven years of stagnating pay and dire working conditions have seen nurses leaving the profession in their thousands. Countries such as Italy and Portugal spend more on its health services as a percentage of its GDP than the UK and the Government’s own figures show that by 2021 there will be a shortfall of £570 million for health services here in Sheffield.

Across the city there is strong opposition to plans to close the NHS Walk-In Centre as well as the Minor Injuries Unit at Hallamshire Hospital. It has been proposed that both centres be moved to the Northern General but this will only serve to push an already beleaguered and overstretched hospital to breaking point. 10,000 people signed a petition opposing the plans.

I welcome the Health Secretary highlighting the vital work Fulwood House does for people in my constituency and beyond but what health services in Sheffield require aren’t warm words but bold action.

Jared O'Mara