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Research by the Labour Party Health Team has shown that the backlog of NHS maintenance has soared over the past year and investment in reducing the backlog has fallen.

The total backlog has risen from £4.3 billion last year to nearly £5 billion this year.

The figures on ‘high-risk’ maintenance backlog are particularly concerning having soared 69.3% in a year from £458 million last year to £775.5 million this year. In the East Midlands the ‘high-risk’ maintenance backlog stands at £29.2m, with a backlog of £154.1m identified as ‘significant risk’.

‘High risk’ maintenance are categorised as an urgent priority in order to prevent ‘catastrophic failure’ and ‘serious injury’. Despite being categorised as an ‘urgent priority’ the amount of high-risk maintenance has increased significantly over the past year.

Ten hospital sites across England have a high risk backlog of more than £10 million.

Each region except the North West has seen their maintenance backlog grow, with the total growth in maintenance backlog totalling £783 million.

In London alone the high risk backlog has grown by £338 million, with just two Imperial College Sites making up 1/3 of the total high-risk backlog in England.

One of the key problems cited in reports that place hospital trusts in special measures, such as St George’s earlier this month, has been “neglect of maintenance”.

The financial crisis facing the NHS under the Tories means that funds are so stretched that even the most urgent repairs are being left undone.

Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health, said:

“These figures are shocking.

“It’s symptomatic of the financial crisis facing our NHS that even the most high risk repairs, which could cause ‘catastrophic failure’ and ‘serious injury’ are being left undone.

“Jeremy Hunt promised to make patient safety his top concern as Secretary of State, but these figures show that promise lies in tatters. It’s time for the Government to tell us what they are going to do about it.”

Surge in backlog of NHS high-risk repairs under the Tories

Research by the Labour Party Health Team has shown that the backlog of NHS maintenance has soared over the past year and investment in reducing the backlog has fallen.

Following a selection meeting held tonight, Wednesday, local man Jim Clarke has been selected by Labour members to be Labour’s candidate for the forth-coming Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election.

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Jim is a hardworking local man who knows first-hand the challenges that people in Sleaford and North Hykeham face. He knows what it takes to stand up and represent local people.

Following his selection, Jim said: “This is my home and it will be a great honour to represent Sleaford and North Hykeham. I am delighted that Labour party members have put their trust in me to stand as Labour’s candidate in the forthcoming by-election.

“People here in Sleaford and North Hykeham need a local representative that is going to stand up for them and be their voice in Parliament.

“It is not right that in 2016 working people here in Sleaford and North Hykeham are having to choose between heating and eating.

“It is not right that Grantham hospital hasn’t enough doctors to keep the hospital A&E open overnight. I will fight for the resources to protect our local NHS and I will stand side by side with local people campaigning to keep Grantham A&E open 24 hours a day.

“We have a Tory Government with no plan for Brexit. Here in Sleaford and North Hykeham 62 per cent of people voted for Brexit. But they didn’t vote to put their jobs at risk, they didn’t vote to lose their rights at work and they didn’t vote for price rises on everyday essentials.

“Immigration played a big part in the Brexit result and I will not ignore that. We need to earn people’s trust and show that we respect will of the people, but will also hold the government to account on ensuring the best deal for Britain, which protects our local jobs.

“I will be a campaigning candidate, and I will be out on the doors from tomorrow, standing up for local people showing them that only Labour will put Sleaford and North Hykeham first.

“I am ready for the challenge to be Sleaford and North Hykeham’s next MP.”

Jim Clarke is Labour’s Choice for Sleaford and North Hykeham

Following a selection meeting held tonight, Wednesday, local man Jim Clarke has been selected by Labour members to be Labour’s candidate for the forth-coming Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election.

Commenting on the resignation of Stephen Phillips MP, Jon Trickett, Labour’s National Campaign Co-ordinator and Shadow Lord President of the Council said:

“Losing one Tory MP in a resignation over her policies may have been a misfortune when Mr Cameron stood down.  To lose a second one over her Heathrow policy was a significant blow. But now to lose a third only a fortnight later over Brexit amounts to a leadership crisis.

“It is a sign that the Prime Minister cannot provide the change which Britain needs.

“Labour will continue to press the case for a Brexit which works for Britain, putting jobs, living standards and the economy first.

“In the meantime, we are now faced with another costly by-election which will be more about Tory failure and in-fighting than what is in the best interests of the country. It’s clear that even Theresa May’s own MPs realise that she has failed to lay out a convincing plan to deliver for Britain.”

Comment from Jon Trickett MP on the resignation of Stephen Phillips MP

Commenting on the resignation of Stephen Phillips MP, Jon Trickett, Labour’s National Campaign Co-ordinator and Shadow Lord President of the Council said:

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