Where we stand

The Health & Wellbeing Of Our Community

We all need to work together to deliver improvements to our health care services locally.

Local Policy

The funding North Yorkshire County Council receives from the current government has dropped significantly during the period of austerity. The resulting cutbacks have led to reduced support for vulnerable people.

Locally, we must be alert to the ‘salami’ approach, when small cuts are repeatedly made across services to try make savings. These cuts often impact on the most vulnerable in our community – older people, adults with learning disabilities or in mental health services and their carers.

Harrogate & Knaresborough cares for its older and vulnerable people and Labour Councillors would work hard to secure the services they need.

National Policy


In the aftermath of war and national bankruptcy, it was a Labour government that found the resources to create a National Health Service – our proudest achievement, providing universal healthcare for all on the basis of need, free at the point of use.

Labour will invest in our NHS, to give patients the modern, well-resourced services they need for the 21st century. Labour will ensure that NHS patients get the world-class quality of care they need and that staff are able to deliver the standards that patients expect.

We will guarantee and uphold the standards of service to which patients are legally entitled under the NHS constitution.

Public Health

For our health and care services to be sustainable in the long term, we need a renewed commitment to keeping people fit and well. Labour will focus our efforts on children’s health, protecting the wellbeing of the nation for the decades to come.

We will take action to significantly reduce infant deaths and to ensure all families who lose a baby receive appropriate bereavement support.

Mental Health

Mental ill-health is the biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age. Around one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

In order to protect services, we will ring-fence mental health budgets and ensure funding reaches the frontline.

We will end the scandal of children being treated on adult mental health wards and stop people being sent across the country, away from their support networks, to secure the treatment they need by bringing forward the ending of out-of-area placements to 2019.