Bethnal Green and Bow faces many health challenges, including a lower than average life expectancy and significant levels of mental health related illnesses, heart disease and diabetes. In the borough of Tower Hamlets, the rate of heart disease or stroke before the age of 75 is more than twice that of more affluent boroughs, and early cancer rates are nearly 50% higher.
In government, Labour almost doubled the investment in the NHS, from approximately £60 billion in 1997/1998 to over £110 billion in 2009/2010. But the current Conservative-led Government’s decision to radically restructure the NHS – without the support of doctors, patients or health professionals – shows just how out of touch they still are. Changes to the NHS will lead to a reduction in funding of £20 million in Tower Hamlets during this term of government. These changes will only exacerbate existing health inequalities both in Bethnal Green and Bow and many other parts of the country.
Rushanara is disappointed that the Tories decided to push through the Health and Social Care Act 2012, despite all of the public opposition, but she will continue to work to ensure that Bethnal Green and Bow has the health service it deserves and to mitigate the impact of these changes on local people.
You can see the work Rushanara has been doing on healthcare by following the links below.
- Rushanara Ali MP backs Air Quality Bill to reduce Diesel Deaths
- Rushanara Ali MP grills Ministers on cuts to mental health funding for children and young people
- Rushanara Ali MP backs national vision to secure funding for the UK’s 3 million cyclists
- ‘Worst A&E waiting times in a decade’ leave Accident and Emergency services in Tower Hamlets at breaking point
- Rushanara Ali MP says David Cameron should be ashamed of his record on rising child poverty as it hits highest levels in Bethnal Green & Bow
- GPs take 20,000-name SOS petition to Downing Street
- Practice closures campaign presents 20,000 signatures to Downing Street
- GPs take funding cuts petition to Downing Street
- GP leaders take practice closure petition to Downing Street
- Rushanara Ali MP delivers 20,000-strong petition to 10 Downing Street to stop GP Surgeries from closing down across London