Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s End the Capacity Crisis campaign and is calling on the Government to recruit more NHS staff to tackle long waiting times for tests that could diagnose bowel cancer – the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.

Under NHS rules patients should wait no more than six weeks for these life-saving tests, but every month on average this year a quarter of NHS hospitals in England (28%) were in breach of this target – a clear red flag to the Government that NHS staff are struggling to cope.

There has been increased concern regarding inadequate access to GP’s in the Barking, Dagenham and Havering areas. According to a recent press report the borough or Barking and Dagenham has been ranked the third worst place to see a GP in London, and the fourth worst in the country - a position that Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is eager to see change.  This is due in part to an ageing GP workforce, which leads to frequent retirements, as well as a lack of affordable new doctors, and an underfunded Primary Care Trust.