I was contacted by a Broxtowe resident this week who works as a GP and wanted to talk about the immense demands currently on GP services. His words were "I've never been so worried about the current state or future of our NHS." That sentence sums up exactly my feelings too.
The blatant lies of the Leave campaign, fronted by our Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, promised us £350m per week for the NHS. The Tory manifesto reins this in to a more modest £8bn commitment, but where this is coming from is anyone's guess in their uncosted proposition. The Chair of the British Medical Association went as far as describing the Tory offer as "smoke and mirrors".
After years of pay cuts, austerity and privatisation by stealth under the Tories our beloved NHS is in crisis. Our own Queens Medical Centre has been on 'black alert' already this month. Tory Councillors on Nottinghamshire County Council voted against a motion to increase funding for social care. Young people from Broxtowe are having to travel as far as Scotland to receive mental health treatment. Health Visitor services in Broxtowe are being cut, removing vital support from parents and young children.
It's become a choice between the Conservatives or the NHS.
Having both is not an option.