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On Friday I popped into our local Asda to hear about how the supermarket is helping to support local people.

I heard all about their work supporting our local foodbanks and their Breast Friend campaign with Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care. One in every two women don’t check their breasts regularly, and one in ten don’t check their breasts at all. The campaign is encouraging every woman to take the Pink Pledge to regularly check your breasts.

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NHS England published its long term plan on 7 January. I have long campaigned for many of its goals, including tackling health inequalities, shifting the focus of care towards prevention and early intervention, joining up NHS services with social care, making better use of technology, improving the involvement of patients, families and the public, and securing parity of esteem between mental and physical health. But Government policies have made many of these goals impossible to achieve.  

Annual real terms growth of 3.4% a year for the next five years is lower than the NHS’s historic average of 4% a year and much less than the 7.4% annual real terms growth under the last Labour Government. The public sector pay freeze, slashing nurse bursaries, and increased pressure on staff due to years of underfunding has led to serious staff shortages.

We need a long-term NHS and social care plan backed with proper resources and a workforce strategy that genuinely supports all staff. In particular we need a long-term funding settlement for social care.

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Thanks to matron Vicky Osborne and Deputy Head of Nursing Julie Lankester for showing me around Ward 17 at Glenfield Hopsital on Friday.

I also really enjoyed chatting to some of the patients of this high dependency care unit for people with breathing problems. They all told me of the excellent care they were receiving and how they hoped to be able to go home soon. 

A massive thanks goes to all NHS staff for the work you do over Christmas and New Year!!

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Liz Kendall MP supports Carers Rights Day

Today is Carers Rights Day, the annual event to raise awareness about the needs of the UK’s six and a half million unpaid carers. Share this message and make sure everyone knows the important work carers do. Visit Carers UK www.carersuk.org for information on carers rights or to get advice and support

Posted by Liz Kendall on Thursday, 29 November 2018

On 30th November, I marked Carers Rights Day. This is the annual event to raise awareness about the needs of the UK’s six and a half million unpaid carers.

I’ve been backing Carers UK’s calls for 10 days of paid leave for carers who are also holding down paid work.

Visit Carers UK for information on carers rights and to get advice and support.

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