It was a real pleasure to welcome Jeremy Corbyn to Stoke-on-Trent today to visit the Royal Stoke Hospital with Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth. We met with doctors, nurses and auxiliary staff to listen to their concerns about the pressures facing the NHS. Despite the incredible work of our public sector workers the hospital faces a £119million deficit in 2017/18 because of the under funding of our NHS caused by those in Downing Street.
After our visit to the hospital was completed, we went to meet Trade Union officials from across the region at the GMB offices in Hanley. We discussed their work to improve terms and conditions for workers and the hardship faced by many because of austerity and the public sector pay cap.
To conclude Jeremy's visit we met with local councillors and campaigners to discuss the worrying reduction of community beds across North Staffordshire including representatives from the 'Save Bradwell Community Hospital campaign'. Jeremy listened and promised to do all he can to support the work Ruth Smeeth and I are doing to get answers from the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt.
It was a pleasure to have Jeremy in Stoke-on-Trent bringing public attention to the issues that matter to local people. As Jeremy said, we are on a permanent election footing and look forward to the opportunity to form the next government and give our public services the support they deserve.