- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
On Monday 30 March 2015 Valerie welcomed the Rt Hon Andy Burnham, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, to Walsall South to launch the campaign to be re-elected Member of Parliament with local councillors.
“I was delighted to welcome Andy to Walsall South. I gave him a Walsall FC football and said that he would be a good signing for the NHS. In the last Parliament I was a member of the Health Select Committee and we published 43 reports on health issues.
“Andy talked about Labour’s £2.5 billion Time to Care Fund. This fund will be used to recruit 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 new home care workers and 3,000 more midwives, funded by a mansion tax on properties worth over £2 million, cracking down on tax avoidance and a levy on tobacco companies.”
“In the West Midlands this will allow for 2,200 more nurses and 800 more GPs. Labour will guarantee that you can get a GP appointment within 48 hours – and on the same day for those who need it.”