Joan Ryan was pleased to note that Clive Efford MP’s Private Members’ legislation – the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill – had a successful second reading in Parliament, on Friday 21st November.
The vote on the Bill, which seeks to repeal many of the Tory-led Government’s controversial health reforms, was supported by 241 MPs with 18 MPs voting against. The Bill should now go forward to the Committee Stage, where it will be considered further.
Joan Ryan, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Enfield North, said:
“It was great to see Clive Efford’s Bill receive such strong backing from Labour MPs in Parliament. I support wholeheartedly his efforts to stop the further, damaging privatisation of the National Health Service and to revoke the competition requirements in the 2012 Health and Social Care Act.
Given that the NHS and local health provision is such an important topic for discussion when I am out campaigning in Enfield, I am sure many residents will share my disappointment that Nick de Bois MP did not even bother to turn up for the debate.
With the passing of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, this Tory-led Government put profit before patient care. Let’s not forget that Mr de Bois sat on the committee which recommended the legislation to Parliament. Since then, huge parts of the NHS have been opened up to the private sector and NHS spending on private and other providers has broken the £10 billion barrier.
Importantly, our local community continues to feel the impact of the current Government’s decision to close Chase Farm Hospital’s A&E and maternity unit in 2013.
This goes to show that you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.”