The NHS is one of our greatest achievements and one of our most precious organisations. But it’s under threat from a Tory-led government which puts privatisation before patient care.
That is why I am proud to be one of the 241 MPs who voted for my colleague Clive Efford MP’s Private Members' Bill today.
This Bill would repeal the Government's section 75 regulations and free the NHS from the morass of competition law that has been introduced by the current Government. I believe it will also help restore the right values to the NHS, putting patients' needs before profits.
The Tories have not only destabilised our health service, but are also holding it back from meeting the challenges of the 21st century. We need to pass this new Bill so that we can end the creep towards NHS privatisation, bureaucracy and red-tape.
Labour will ensure that the NHS once again serves patients first and prioritises spending on much-needed doctors and around 20,000 more nurses instead of letting private companies cherry-pick the most profitable NHS services, regardless of patient need.
Labour will rescue the NHS with our £2.5 billion Time to Care package– investment the Tories will not match.
I am well aware of the chaos on the NHS, with rising waiting lists and intolerable pressure on A&Es. A&E departments have now missed the Government's own lowered A&E target for every one of the past 63 weeks. The Government is also creating a perfect storm in Ealing, and West London more generally, by closing and downgrading 4 out of 9 A&Es in the area while overseeing the worst waiting times in the country at Northwick Park. I have campaigned tirelessly locally against these closures and will continue to pressure the Government to correct these dangerous decisions.
I am confident that this bill will be a blessing for the NHS and the community!