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Photo – Emily Outside A&E at ST Helier Hospital

Labour’s Emily Brothers, Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, has stepped up her campaign against NHS competition, established by Paul Burstow, local MP and former Health Minister. Following the introduction of a Private Members Bill tabled by Clive Efford, MP for Eltham, Ms Brothers said:
“I call on Mr Burstow to vote to end NHS competition and support Labour’s challenge to strengthen local health services through co-operation.
“I’m fed up with all the Lib Dem platitudes about health. It is time to act to save our NHS from their failed re-organisation. Mr Burstow has a chance to remedy his wrongs before it is too late.
“In calling Paul Burstow to account, I think this is a defining moment to salvage something from his tarnished reputation. If Mr Burstow is serious about protecting ST Helier Hospital and Sutton’s community based health services, he must vote for Labour’s Bill to call time on NHS competition.”
Only last week Ms Brothers took Council Leader, Ruth Dombey and Sutton’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to task for failing to co-operate in the interests of local people. In her latest intervention, Emily Brothers said:
“The damage caused by Paul Burstow’s failed Coalition is demonstrated only too well by NHS England’s figures that the number of people waiting more than 4 hours in A&E’s has increased from 353,619 in 2009/2010 to 939,494 after the Tory-LibDem’ re-organisation – an increase of 166%.
“Clive Effords’s National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill will reverse the devastating top-down reorganisation imposed on our NHS by Paul Burstow and his Tory allies. It will put the NHS back into public ownership and save it from being dismantled further. And it will remove the dangerous competition and private care provisions which put profits before patients’ care.
“Time and again residents in Sutton and Cheam tell me how worried they are about the privatisation of our NHS – they are right to be so. The NHS is the service which is there for us from when we enter the world to when we come to leave it and it is being shamelessly dismantled before our eyes. Quite simply private profits are being put before an integrated health care system, safe clinical decisions and ultimately patients’ needs. The impact of Coalition reforms is £210 million to be cut across South West London, potentially having a devastating impact on St Helier Hospital, that’s why Paul Burstow’s internal market nees to be terminated.”

Clive Efford MP, Eltham Constituency, secured sixth place in the recent ballot for Private Members Bills. Mr Efford will introduce his National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill on 21 November 2014.


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