We all know that the pandemic created a backlog that needs clearing and improvements in early diagnosis is top of the agenda. Because we know that prevention is always better than the cure.
That’s why I've raised better diagnostics at Burnley General Hospital in Parliament, highlighting the two new endoscopy rooms that have been brought to our hospital. This is all part of a newly approved community diagnostic centre in Rawtenstall, with Burnley as a satellite site, and it will massively expand the number of tests that can be carried out at our hospital.
But I want to see even more investment as I know we can go much further, especially in reducing the covid backlogs. That’s why I am campaigning for a brand-new radiology centre, with the latest diagnostic machines, linking up with the endoscopy rooms and our surgical theatres to create a diagnostic hub, meaning patients have their healthcare needs identified and treated even quicker.
All of this relies on having good access to GP and dental services though, because they are the first port of call for all of us when we have a concern. I continue to raise accessibility for these services with Ministers and we are now seeing the tide turning.
My mission is clear. We have to level up healthcare one step at a time within our borough.