NHS Professionals; I want to hear your views

Next week I’m holding a meeting for NHS professionals who live and work in my constituency to give their views on the proposed changes to the health service in the Health & Social Care Bill. Over recent months I have had meetings with hundreds of local people about the Conservative-led government’s proposals in the Health and Social Care bill. Thousands more have completed surveys on paper and online. Drop the Bill

An overwhelming majority of people have real concerns about the Government’s proposed changes to our National Health Service. The Government said that front-line NHS services would be protected from budget cuts, but I’ve heard some really some worrying stories from local people about increases in waiting times and job losses. 83% have told me they beleive the changes will lead to the NHS getting worse in the short term, 82% think the changes will damage patient care.

People’s priorities when using the NHS were identified as:

  • Shorter waiting times 50%
  • Clean hospitals 20%
  • More time with the doctor 17%

Now I’ve heard from the public I want to hear from the professionals too. What do our nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, doctors and other NHS professionals think about the proposed changes to the Health Service? And of course what do GPs think? They could be about to become the administrators of the NHS if the Government has its way. My meeting on 10th February is an opportunity for all NHS professionals to come along and have their say.”

My meeting for NHS professionals will take place locally on 10th February between 4.30pm and 6pm. Anyone wanting to attend should register by calling 0113 253 9466 or email me at ed@edballs.com for full details.

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Posted January 31st, 2012 by Ed