Partygate has further increased stress in the country, Starmer says


Sir Keir Stamer said the “partygate scandal” number 10 had worsened the mental health of the public when he unveiled plans for reform NHS under the Labor government.

The Labor leader is in a speech at Fabian society conference in London, said young people were particularly hard hit during the coronavirus pandemic due to mental health problems.

As part of his vision for the NHS, he pledged that the Labor administration would set up mental health facilities for young people in each community and provide specialist support in schools.

I think the last few weeks regarding the partygate have gotten worse

Sir Keir Starmer

Asked about policy after his speech, Sir Keir said the revelations about coronavirus violations in Downing Street have aggravated problems that people face with their mental well-being.

He said: “By the way, I think it’s a partygate scandal if I didn’t have a better word … what has happened in recent weeks when it has become apparent that while the vast majority of the British public has obeyed the law, government produced, Government and Prime Minister having fun on Downing Street.

“I think it has contributed to mental health stress because so many people are now wondering, ‘Why the hell did I do that when they were doing what they were doing?’

“So I think we had mental health problems before the pandemic that got worse during the pandemic in more ways than we really understood, especially among young people.

Boris Johnson told MEPs that he was at party no. 10 drinks “bring your drink”, but he thought it was a work event (UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor / PA)

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“And I think the last few weeks regarding the partygate have only gotten worse.”

During his speech on Saturday, the opposition leader promised that the Labor administration would ensure that those in need of mental health treatment are treated in “less than a month”.

“We will hire more than 8,500 mental health professionals each year to support a million more people,” he added.

“Every school will have professional support, every community will have an open access mental health center for young people.”

He accused the prime minister of being “too concerned about defending his rule-breaking” to turn over NHS wealth, and called on the health service to focus more on preventing people’s illnesses and adopt a “home first” care policy.

Sir Keir Starmer at the Fabian Society Conference in Central London (Dominic Lipinski / PA)

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“We need to develop new methods of care that will help with long-term conditions, we need to think about mental and physical health and think not only about how we treat patients, but how to prevent them from getting sick in the first place,” he said at the conference.

The former director of the state prosecutor’s office accused the conservatives of making a mess of the NHS.

He said: “The first task of the Labor government would be to clear up the mess the Tories have made with the NHS.

“The last Labor government shortened waiting times from 18 months to 18 weeks. We will have to do the same again. “

He promised that Labor would “invest properly in reducing waiting lists, and we will start by recruiting, training and, crucially, retaining the staff we need”.

Sir Keir spoke of his “anger” at the state of the NHS and said the party would “take care of well-being as important as the national economic outcome”.

A clean air law would also be introduced to tackle the “silent killer” of air pollution, he added.

He said the party has a five-point plan to reshape social security, with the cabinet overshadowed by a “completely different approach” compared to the government’s increase in national insurance, scheduled for April, to fund social security and reduce NHS backlogs.

Sir Keir said Shadow Health Minister Wes Streeting would unveil a plan for life with Covid in the coming days.


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