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EMILY BROTHERS CHALLENGES LOCAL MP TO BACK LABOUR’S BILL TO REVERSE NHS PRIVATISATION
MONDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2014

 

With the local NHS under increasing threat, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam has challenged local Lib Dem MP, Paul Burstow, to back Labour’s new Bill to repeal the Coalition competition rules that drive NHS privatisation at the expense of patient care. Ms Brothers is following up Mr Bustow’s refusal at last week’s hustings - hosted by The Sutton Guardian – to support Labour’s proposed reforms that would end the tide of NHS privatisation.
Labour MP Clive Efford will introduce a Bill on 21 November 2014 that seeks to scrap the Coalition’s market framework for the NHS and make sure local NHS patients are always put first.
The Tory-LibDem government has forced hospitals to open themselves up to a privatisation agenda which prioritises spending on competition lawyers and tendering exercises instead of on patient care.
Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, backs Labour’s new Bill as a way of protecting and saving our NHS and has challenged local MP, Paul Burstow, through an open letter to do the same by backing the Bill and voting for it in Parliament later this week. Ms Brothers said:
“The Tory-LibDem Coalition approach is to let private companies cherry-pick the most profitable NHS services, regardless of patient need and spend more money on economic regulators and competition lawyers. Instead, Labour will ensure that the NHS once again puts patients before profits. Labour will rescue the NHS with our £2.5 billion Time to Care package which will fund new staff including 20,000 more nurses – investment the Tories and their Lib Dem allies will not match.
“I have no hesitation in backing this bill as it will make sure patients in Sutton and Cheam are put first once again. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for our current MP. That’s why I’m asking Paul Burstow to rethink his position and challenging him to rectify his previous mistakes as Health Minister, playing a key role in shaping the legislative pathway to NHS privatisation.
“Patients in Sutton and Cheam are relying on Mr Burstow to do the right thing and back this Bill so that we can put an end to market forces being put at the heart of the NHS. After all, Mr Burstow is fond of saying how he always puts his constituents first; its time he backed this up with action by voting for this Bill later this week.”
       

 

 

 


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