On it’s 65th birthday, we must fight to protect our NHS

Happy 65th birthday to our NHS. Up and down the country, staff and patients are today celebrating 65 years of our health service. As I told Ridings FM in an interview earlier today, it’s a day for us to thank all of those who work so hard to look after us and to recognise how proud we all are to have a National Health Service.

But at a time of celebration, I’m worried about the stories I hear increasingly from people living in my constituency. The pensioner who’s waiting for an appointment to see a specialist. The parents who take their child into A&E after a nasty fall, and the medical staff who tell me about the impact changes are having on their work.  People are genuinely worried about the direction our health service is taking under the leadership of the current Government.

Before the last election we might have had some slick reassurances from David Cameron that the NHS was safe in his hands. But the reality of a Conservative-led coalition Government in charge of our health service appears to be somewhat different.

The creation of the NHS is one of Labour’s finest achievements. Just as we always have, Labour will fight to protect it.

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Posted July 5th, 2013 by Ed