Drop the Bill – Put the NHS first

Drop the Bill with Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham

Drop the Bill with Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham

The Government is planning the biggest re-organisation of the NHS since it began in 1948. I’m backing Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham’s campaign calling on the Government to ‘Drop the Bill’. Over the last few months I’ve had four meetings with hundreds of local people to hear their views on the proposed changes. Thousands more have told me what they think in surveys. Most of those I’ve spoken to have had really positive experiences of the care they had received from GPs and local hospitals. But they’re also concerned that if GPs take over budgets they will no longer have time for patients. Under the new government plans GPs will take over most of the NHS budget so it will be up to them to allocate resources and decide who gets what care. Our local GPs are excellent and work really hard. But I agree with those who’ve said they end up spending more time in meetings and filling in forms instead of looking after patients. 70% of those who have completed my survey also think that GPs are not the best people to administer the NHS locally.
Reorganising the NHS will also be extremely expensive, costing taxpayers up to £3 billion. Many people at my meetings across the constituency have said that they don’t object to change but want to be convinced that it will makes things better or even save money in the long term. Two thirds of those who have completed my surveys agree that now is not the time to be spending £3 billion reorganising the NHS. I couldn’t agree more that there are more pressing health issues. Waiting times at Accident and Emergency Departments are on the increase, doctors, nurses and other staff involved in caring for patients have been losing their jobs and of course the crucial children’s heart surgery unit at LGI has come under threat of closure.
Everyone from the very young to the very old will be affected by the Government’s proposed changes. As Nye Bevan said, “The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it.” Anyone who wants to send me their views or back the campaign to Drop the Bill should get in touch.

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Posted November 18th, 2011 by Ed