Joan Ryan, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Enfield North, has strongly supported Ed Miliband’s condemnation of David Cameron’s track record on the NHS and, in particular, the Prime Minister’s failure to fulfil his vow to safeguard the Accident & Emergency department and maternity unit at Chase Farm Hospital.
Whilst rebuking the Tory-led Government for falling short on a series of NHS pledges, the Labour leader raised the issue of Mr Cameron’s broken promises on the Hospital during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday 18th March. Brandishing a picture of David Cameron visiting Chase Farm in 2007, accompanied by Nick de Bois and other Conservatives, when the Prime Minister gave his commitment to protect the vital facilities on the site, Mr Miliband said:
“Then he closed the services [in 2013]. That is what happened on his watch. Since the last election, the Prime Minister has broken his health service promises on waiting times, cancer treatment, A and E and top-down reorganisation. When he makes a whole series of new NHS promises, why on earth should anyone believe him?”
Mr Miliband’s intervention comes at an important time, given that the controversial redevelopment plans for Chase Farm Hospital have recently been given the go ahead. Joan Ryan has raised a number of concerns regarding the proposals for the site and has warned that the future of the Hospital is not guaranteed.
Joan Ryan, Labour candidate for Enfield North, said:
“Ed Miliband has hit the nail on the head when it comes to the Tory-led Government’s broken promises on the NHS.
The people of Enfield know only too well that you cannot trust any commitment the Tories make on our local and national health services.
Mr Cameron and Nick de Bois brazenly stood in front of Chase Farm Hospital and declared they would guarantee the future of our A&E department and maternity unit. By the end of 2013, these much valued services had been shut.
Now they state that the redevelopment of Chase Farm will safeguard its future, but how can Enfield residents be expected to have any confidence in what they say on this matter?
The NHS cannot survive another five years with the Tories at the helm. As Ed Miliband said, “the NHS was built by Labour, saved by Labour and will only be safe in the hands of the next Labour Government.””