Louise Haigh MP

Louise Haigh MP

Louise Haigh grew up in Sheffield in the 1980s, in a single parent family under the last Tory government. She worked in the City for Aviva before being elected MP for Sheffield Heeley in 2015. In addition to a wide-ranging professional career she has also served in many voluntary roles such as a trade union shop steward for Unite, and as a Special Constable.  She is currently a Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, covering digital reform, the civil service and government transparency.  

Louise Haigh MP

Louise Haigh MP

Sheffielder, proud trade unionist, feminist, vegetarian, socialist. Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley and Shadow Minister for civil service & digital reform.

Louise Haigh MP

My constituent tragically died waiting for an ambulance

raised with Jeremy Hunt the deeply worrying case of a constituent who tragically died after a 2 hour, 40 minute wait for an ambulance.

His case was marked as “code yellow”, meaning an ambulance should have attended within 40 minutes. This is a tragedy which is a symptom of the dangerous underfunding of our health service, yet the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt failed to answer basic questions over the Government’s handling of the NHS.

Category 1 calls, the most serious cases, saw only 67 per cent of ambulances hit their target response time of eight minutes in Sheffield last year.

I want to be clear that our dedicated ambulance crews are working their hardest and doing the best job they can under these difficult circumstances.

But they can only work with the resources they have, and as our A&E services face unprecedented demand, the Government must set aside its ideology and provide the urgent funding needed to avoid disaster.

Jeremy Hunt called it “a mistake to continually bring this back to funding”, but funding is clearly a problem when A&E services are unable to cope.  We’re not even experiencing a particular cold snap at the moment, so the increase in demand is almost entirely of the Government’s own making given the cuts elsewhere in the NHS and social care.

Jeremy Hunt needs to get a grip and respond properly to this crisis or unnecessary deaths will become more and more common.

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Change only comes when we fight for it rather than flee from it

I was brought up to believe one very simple thing. It is why I became a trade unionist and fought for my colleagues at work and it is why I became an MP and now fight for the people of Sheffield - the place I was born. 

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