The NHS and social care system is facing the biggest crisis in its history.
Services are under intolerable pressure as funding fails to keep up with rising demand for healthcare, with serious consequences for sick and elderly people right across the country.
Every day we see heart-breaking stories about patients facing agonising waits for treatment, people with mental ill health being shunted sometimes hundreds of miles away from home to get care, access to treatment being rationed to cut costs, and unacceptable gaps in social care leaving many elderly and disabled people without adequate support.
Patients deserve better than this.
I am calling on the Government to establish a cross-party NHS and Care Convention to find a long-term funding solution for the NHS and social care, so that everybody gets the high-quality healthcare they deserve.
If you agree with me that the Government must put aside political differences and act in the interests of the country to guarantee an NHS and care system which is strong, effective, and sustainable for the future, please sign my petition below:
We call on the government to seek an urgent cross-party solution to the health and social care crisis, by establishing an NHS and Care Convention to find a long-term funding settlement for these services.