Take just a handful of examples. In Labour Wales, 36.5 per cent of patients needing an MRI scan are forced to wait more than six weeks. In Coalition-run England, only 1.2 per cent have to wait that long.
In Wales, some 40 per cent of those with heart problems have to wait more than six weeks for an echocardiogram scan, while the equivalent figure for England is 2.3 per cent.
Or take the Welsh ambulance service. Only once since May 2012 has it achieved its target of reaching 65 per cent of patients with life-threatening conditions within eight minutes. Even after they have been picked up, the sick are often kept for hours outside A & E, where several have died waiting to be admitted.
The Welsh NHS has been controlled by the Labour Party for 15 years, but official figures show it is lagging behind England on a host of key indicators – most notably waiting times. Despite these gross failings, Ed Miliband says that only Labour — under him as prime minister — can be ‘trusted’ to safeguard the British health service. But for the families of Lilian Williams, Thomas McDonald and Malcolm Green it will take a bit more convincing after their loved ones died after a catalogue of blunders while under the care of hospital workers
Opposition councillors have said for decades that Labour’s biggest ally in retaining power in the city is apathy.
In the 1998 local elections a pitiful 11.05 per cent voted in the Ordsall ward which was one of the lowest on record anywhere in the country.
In 2012 just 17.97pc voted in Ordsall, and only 19.08pc in Langworthy.
Turnouts elsewhere across the borough are usually poor, with between 20 and 35pc of the electorate in each ward voting in the council elections. Only in leafy Worsley has it crept close to 40pc.
The next generation will stay poorer than their parents throughout their lives unless ‘urgent action’ is taken to boost wages and slash youth unemployment, the Government’s social mobility Tsar has claimed.
Former Labour minster Alan Milburn said the recession had condemned those in their twenties to ‘the wrong side of the divide’ between those with good jobs and their own homes and those stranded on low pay.
He revealed wages for the under 30s had fallen by 10 per cent since the recession pricing people out of buying their own home. Wages for those in their twenties are back to where they were in 1998 – 16 years ago.
Half a millions young Britons were still out of work six years after the recession hit, Mr Milburn added.
He said the jobs crisis had even put an end to the traditional Saturday job for students. The proportion of 16 to 17-year-olds in full-time education who also work has fallen from 37 per cent to 18 per cent in a decade.
A bitter war of words broke out today over David Cameron’s plan to cap the number of immigrants moving to Britain from Europe.
European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said it was ‘quite clear’ that restrictions on foreign workers would be illegal under EU law and said the matter was not up for negotiation.
Tories taking rubbish again…
Salford Labour call us racist and Fascist. So lets take a minute and think about this. Racist, do i or fellow members take a dislike to people with dark skin? feel ourselves a better person? no, any one no matter what colour or creed is welcome to join with us our membership secretary is the daughter of a famous black Lancashire cricketer racist i don’t think so. Labour gave us open door immigration reality today our schools.Hospitals. Housing, and basic services are unable to cope so we wish to see a point based system for immigration, is that racist? no but for Lazy politicians lacking in ideas or policy it gives them some cheap bullets. The choice is yours Labour the Tories or the party of common sense.