Joan Ryan has written to Nick de Bois MP challenging him to support an upcoming vote in the House of Commons on repealing many of the Government’s highly controversial NHS reforms.
The private members’ bill being debated on 21st November will call on the Government to stop the further privatisation of the NHS, restore the legal duty of the Secretary of State for Health to provide National Health Services and amend the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to remove controversial competition requirements.
Nick de Bois sat on the parliamentary committee, which recommended this legislation to Parliament, and spoke strongly in favour of it becoming law.
In the letter Joan Ryan says the Commons vote is a ‘direct opportunity’ for the local Conservative MP to show if he backs the agenda for ‘further damaging privatisation’ or whether he supports ‘the founding principles of the NHS, where patients are put before profit.’
Labour has said it will repeal the Coalition Government’s Health and Social Care Act if it wins the General Election in May 2015.
Since the Coalition’s £3 billion top-down reorganisation, figures show that in Enfield nearly one in five patients now have to wait at least 7 days to see their GP. Waiting times for Accident and Emergency in the local area have also increased, following the decision, by the Tory-led Government, to close Chase Farms A&E department in 2013.
The NHS is a key part of Labour’s General Election both nationally and in Enfield. Its commitments include guaranteeing people a GP appointment within 48 hours, funding 20,000 more nurses and combining health and social care into a single service.
Joan Ryan, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Enfield North, said:
“The Tory-led Government’s policies have been a disaster for our NHS.
In Enfield, the promise made by David Cameron to keep open Chase Farm Hospital’s Accident & Emergency department was broken. The maternity ward has also been shut and local hospitals and ambulances are under huge pressure to cope with the increased workload.
The costly top-down re-organisation of the NHS, which no one voted for or wanted, has had a damaging impact on all aspects of the health service, including GP waiting times.
Clive Efford’s bill and Labour’s vision for the NHS can have a real and positive impact in Enfield and across the UK.
Nick de Bois was wrong to support the Health and Social Care Act. He needs to tell us where he stands now and whether he is prepared to put people before profits.”
You can view a copy of the letter here.