WATCH: Eight things we learned from Ed Miliband's visit to Warrington

WATCH: Eight things we learned from Ed Miliband's visit to Warrington

Ed in Warrington on Monday

Eight things we learned from Ed Miliband's visit to Warrington

Eight things we learned from Ed Miliband's visit to Warrington

Eight things we learned from Ed Miliband's visit to Warrington

Eight things we learned from Ed Miliband's visit to Warrington

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EIGHT things we learned during Ed Miliband’s visit to Warrington.

The Labour leader headed to Whittle Hall Community Centre on Monday with access to GP surgeries and the Sankey Medical Centre debacle high on residents’ agenda.

Here are some of the things we learnt during his time in the town.

1. The Labour leader said he wants to ‘end the privitastion and bureaucracy’ in the NHS which he said had been on the increase under David Cameron’s rule and instead improve access to GP surgeries.

2. After hearing complaints from residents who claimed they would often wait weeks for appointments, Ed Miliband pledged to improve access to same day consultations with GP surgeries and a guaranteed appointment within 48 hours.

3. The leader of the opposition believes improving GP services is the first step to easing pressure on hospitals as patients turn to A&E when they cannot get a doctors appointment.

4. He was ‘really shocked’ at what had happened to patients of Sankey Medical Centre.

Many were informed by the neighbouring pharmacy rather than their GP and were given just a few weeks notice the surgery was moving to Orford.

Mr Miliband added: “Hearing the experiences of residents has made me even more shocked and it doesn’t feel like they have had a proper response or an MP fighting for them and getting answers from NHS England.”

5. He added he wanted to see action after an account from one woman who described her four hour journey to the surgery in Orford after the practice on Barrow Hall Lane was closed earlier this year.

Mr Miliband added: “It’s not good enough and I’m fully behind Nick (Bent) making sure a replacement surgery is found as soon as possible.”

6. The former energy minister is also supporting Labour parliamentary candidate Nick Bent’s campaign to ‘get answers from NHS England’ and calls for health chiefs to approve a new surgery at the vacant site in Great Sankey after a nearby GP agreed to provide the service.

Mr Miliband added: “The people here today have a right to get their GP service back as quickly as possible.”

7. Residents are hoping the Labour man keeps his promises.

Sharon Parker, from Whittle Hall, told Mr Miliband she was most disgusted Sankey Medical Centre could be withdrawn at such short notice and thought the situation was ‘symptomatic of the way GPs now treat patients with disdain’.

She added: “He said it was something he would look at but I wouldn’t want to go back to the same GP now as the trust has gone.

“We will have to wait and see if speaking (to Mr Miliband) today makes a difference.”

8. Senior politicians are very rarely on time.

Residents waited more than an hour to speak to the Labour leader after his train had been delayed earlier in the day but some said the wait will be worth it if speaking to Miliband makes a difference in the future.

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8:48am Tue 13 May 14

cookie1974 says...

I really cannot take this man seriously, he looks and sounds like he is still in high school and needs someone to hold his hand. I would be very interested in hearing where he intends to get the money from for all these changes he intends to implement....oh wait raise taxes silly me!
I really cannot take this man seriously, he looks and sounds like he is still in high school and needs someone to hold his hand. I would be very interested in hearing where he intends to get the money from for all these changes he intends to implement....oh wait raise taxes silly me! cookie1974
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11:11pm Tue 13 May 14

Knowmenot says...

I cannot take him seriously as he looks like Wallace "Wallace and Gromit" with his rubber mouth (allegedly!). He has no policy an just repeats the opposites of his opponents irrespective of heir party.
I cannot take him seriously as he looks like Wallace "Wallace and Gromit" with his rubber mouth (allegedly!). He has no policy an just repeats the opposites of his opponents irrespective of heir party. Knowmenot
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11:14pm Tue 13 May 14

Knowmenot says...

OOPS battery low on keyboard - meant "their party" not "heir party".
OOPS battery low on keyboard - meant "their party" not "heir party". Knowmenot
  • Score: 0

8:48pm Wed 14 May 14

local man says...

8 things I didn't know - you were right. I did already know however that I find him a very irritating tw*t (Should that be twit? Surely it must be.) and can only conclude he is a Tory mole as he could not do any more to put off voters if he tried. I just love his latest bandwagon - 'cost of living crisis', just watch how he tries to bring it up at every opportunity. You'd almost think some spin doctor had said "Hey Ed keep saying there's a cost of living crisis and everyone will believe your trying to help them and you'll get lots of votes".
If he ever ends up as PM our standing in the world will surely reach a new low, I would rank him lower than Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage but above Nick Griffin on the party leaders league table. OMG that means Cameron could be top, but its against a very weak field - I don't know any other leaders !!
8 things I didn't know - you were right. I did already know however that I find him a very irritating tw*t (Should that be twit? Surely it must be.) and can only conclude he is a Tory mole as he could not do any more to put off voters if he tried. I just love his latest bandwagon - 'cost of living crisis', just watch how he tries to bring it up at every opportunity. You'd almost think some spin doctor had said "Hey Ed keep saying there's a cost of living crisis and everyone will believe your trying to help them and you'll get lots of votes". If he ever ends up as PM our standing in the world will surely reach a new low, I would rank him lower than Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage but above Nick Griffin on the party leaders league table. OMG that means Cameron could be top, but its against a very weak field - I don't know any other leaders !! local man
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