Keir Starmer’s mental health and NHS pledges show that he truly wants to make a difference in people’s lives.
Shortening mental health wait times to a month and concentrating on preventative health measures are not simple or straightforward tasks.
Keir Starmer’s conference speech will be remembered for the heckling he received from a strange group of Labour delegates, as well as the manner in which he dealt with it.
The conference’s theme was that he wanted Labour to be taken seriously again, even if some members disagreed.
After one heckler continued to yell from the floor, he retorted, “Shouting slogans or changing lives, conference!”
He gave us a glimpse of one way he wants to change people’s lives, and if he gets into government and knows how to carry out this promise, it will truly change people’s lives.
“I want Britain to be the healthiest country on the planet… In the NHS, we would shift the focus away from emergency care and toward prevention,” he said.
He also stated that Labour would ensure that mental health support would be available in less than a month.
Neither of these commitments is small or straightforward to fulfill.
For a Labour government to even come close, they will cost a lot of money and take up a huge amount of bandwidth.
Given the long wait times for almost all mental health services in this country, ensuring proper support for a mental health problem within a month almost defies the laws of physics.
Due to the pandemic, everything has gotten worse.
But it was bad even before we’d heard of Covid.
Labour wants to change the way wait times are measured so that the focus is on the second appointment, where patients begin receiving their regular therapy, rather than the first, where their needs are assessed but treatment does not begin.
At the moment, there is a significant gap between the two, with doctors advising patients to go private if they can afford it.
It’s a situation reminiscent of the Blair years, when wait times for physical health problems were so long that the government feared the NHS’s public support was eroding.
As a result, then-health-secretary Alan Milburn warned that the health-care system was in the “last chance saloon,” and then to the.
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Keir Starmer’s pledges on mental health and the NHS demonstrate that he truly wants to make a difference in people’s lives.
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Keir Starmer’s mental health and NHS pledges show us that he does really want to change lives