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 Yorkshire hospitals are struggling under record pressure as an official NHS England survey found over 80,000 patients in this region turned to A&E because they couldn’t get an appointment with their family doctor last time they tried.

Across England, one in four patients waits a week or more for an appointment after the Government’s decision to abolish the 48-hour appointment guarantee after the last election.

The survey of patients found that, in each English region, thousands turned to A&E when they couldn’t see their GP: 

 

Region

 Number attending A&E

Yorkshire

80,663

ENGLAND

930,901

 

Earlier this month, Ed Miliband set out a five-point plan to rescue struggling A&E departments following a lack of action from the Government. The measures included immediate support for GPs to offer appointments this winter.

Labour has also pledged to invest £100 million in GP surgeries - saved by scrapping David Cameron's NHS market rules that waste millions on lawyers fees and contract tendering - to guarantee appointments within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it. 

 

Jamie Reed MP, Labour's Shadow Health Minister, said:

"David Cameron has made it harder for people to get a GP appointment and it’s left people turning to overstretched A&E departments.

“Patients are phoning the surgery day after day only to be disappointed. It’s like getting sought-after concert tickets, sitting for hours early morning with the phone on redial. But sadly, too many people are forced to give up and go to A&E.

“David Cameron caused this A&E crisis and his complacency is now a danger to patients. Labour has committed to investing an extra £2.5 billion each year – over and above the Tories – to recruit 8,000 more GPs and 20,000 nurses. We will scrap the Government’s NHS market and invest the savings in helping people to get a GP appointment within 48 hours."

Over 80,000 Yorkshire patients turned to A&E because they couldn’t see a GP

 Yorkshire hospitals are struggling under record pressure as an official NHS England survey found over 80,000 patients in this region turned to A&E because they couldn’t get an appointment with...

 

New figures show there has there has been a three-and-a-half times hike in the amount of drugs found in Leeds prison since 2010. 

 An answer to a Parliamentary Question earlier this month contained a table showing the amount and type of drugs seized as each prison in England and Wales from 2010 to 2014.

It showed that at Leeds prison in 2013/14 there were 64 instances of drugs being seized, compared with 2010/11 when the total was just 18.

   

Drug

2010/11

2013/14

Cannabis

4

8

Heroin

1

2

Other *

13

54

 * “Other” includes steroids and drugs such as the new psychoactive substances/legal highs such as M CAT, Black Mamba, Spice etc. These are the ones that anecdotal evidence says are behind the increase in violence.

 (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/cannabis-substitute-drugs-black-mamba-and-spice-are-a-recipe-for-violence-in-prisons-9984954.html)

  

Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, said:

 

 “This is yet another example of just how bad prisons have become under the Tories. They promised they would tackle the problem of drugs in prison but instead it’s just getting worse. The Tory-led Government is failing to take the action needed to keep the public safe by rehabilitating offenders.”

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Jamie Hanley, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Pudsey, said:

  “These are worrying figures that point to a worsening drugs problem at Leeds prison, which will undoubtedly have a detrimental impact on rehabilitation of offenders and public safety.

  "There is also evidence to suggest many of the substances being seized from prisoners have an impact on increased violence in prisons – this is an issue the government needs to get a grip of quickly.”

 

Big increase in drugs found at Leeds prison under Tory-led government.

  New figures show there has there has been a three-and-a-half times hike in the amount of drugs found in Leeds prison since 2010.   An answer to a Parliamentary Question...

Figures published by the Yorkshire Building Society show just 50 new-build home sales were completed across the Dewsbury constituency in 2014.

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  Ed Balls and Dewsbury PPC Paula Sherriff meet first-time buyers and bosses at the Yorkshire Building Society

 

 Analysis of Land Registry data by the Yorkshire Building Society shows that across Yorkshire and Humber the number of new-build transactions was down by more than a quarter compared to 2013, meaning 2014 saw the lowest number of new homes bought in decades.

 The figures, which expose the reality of the housing crisis on the watch of the Tory-led government, show that the number of new homes bought in Dewsbury more than halved compared to 2013, and is just a sixth of its 2006 peak.

 Overall home sales in Yorkshire and the Humber, including existing properties as well as new-build, also saw a slight fall in 2014 compared to the previous year, and confirms that the market in Yorkshire continues to see only half as many properties changing hands as before the financial crisis.

 Labour has pledged to build 200,000 new homes a year by the end of the next parliament to address the growing housing crisis which is seeing thousands of people unable to find a footing on the housing ladder.

 Yorkshire Building Society’s study, entitled ‘Dewsbury Local Housing Market Analysis’, also shows that the average price of a property in Yorkshire and the Humber is still 3.6 per cent lower than when David Cameron came to office in 2010, in stark contrast to many other parts of the country, most prominently London and the South East.

 

 Speaking in Dewsbury Ed Balls MP, Labour's Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer said:

"The next Labour government wants to allow many more families to realise their ambition of owning their own home. The figures Yorkshire Building Society are publishing today show why there is such a need for government to address the housing crisis and do more to allow first-time buyers to get on the ladder."

“There have been nearly as many government press releases about generating more house building as there have been new-build sales in Dewsbury in the last year. For all the hot air from the Tory-led Government about economic recovery, Yorkshire and Humber saw the lowest number of new-build homes bought for years in 2014 – further proof that David Cameron and George Osborne are taking us on a road to nowhere.

“I am extremely conscious of the shortage of housing in our area and the need for more decent affordable homes. We need to get our builders and the construction industry back to work to help the economy to grow. Across the country, the next Labour government will build 200,000 homes a year by the end of the next parliament and will give priority to first-time buyers.”

 

New figures show 2014 saw lowest number of Yorkshire new-build purchases for decades

Figures published by the Yorkshire Building Society show just 50 new-build home sales were completed across the Dewsbury constituency in 2014.   Ed Balls and Dewsbury PPC Paula Sherriff meet...

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