Health

Waiting times going up. A&E targets being missed. Patients struggling to get to see their GP. Thousands of nursing jobs cut.

The NHS simply isn’t safe in Tory hands.

They’ve wasted billions on a reorganisation which people working in the NHS simply didn’t want to see.

They’ve introduced competition in the NHS. Doctors now have to put profit before patients.

And the Tories are considering plans to charge us for seeing our doctor. They want to privatise our NHS.

A Labour government would get rid of the Tories changes and put a stop to privatisation.

It would make it easier to see your GP.

And it would give patients and the public a say when changes to local services are proposed.

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Dear Gareth Johnson,

The NHS is one of our greatest achievements and our most important institution. But it’s under threat from your government which puts privatisation before patient care. 

Now more than ever we need action to save our NHS. That’s why I back Labour MP Clive Efford’s Bill, which will scrap the market framework that David Cameron has imposed on the health service.

The NHS has never been more vulnerable than under the present government. You voted for an unnecessary and damaging £3 billion NHS reorganisation - money which could have been spent on patient care where it was needed – and you have failed to support Labour’s Bill to save our NHS.

Your government’s competition rules force doctors to open up services to competition from the private sector, wasting millions on competition lawyers – money that could and should be spent on patient care. Many local doctors simply didn’t want these changes.

Labour will ensure that the NHS once again puts patients before profits. We will invest the millions of pounds saved from scrapping competition red tape in ensuring people can get a GP appointment within 48 hours, or on the same day if they need it.

This issue really matters to people across Dartford, and I have been copied into many letters from constituents asking you to support the legislation. It would make sure NHS patients across Dartford are put first once again. Now that the Bill has passed - without your vote - the people in our area want to know what you will do. That’s why I’m challenging you to back the Bill now and ensure that the government acts to enforce its provisions to protect our NHS.

Patients in Dartford are relying on you to do the right thing and back this Bill so we can put the right values back into the NHS. It’s time you backed this up with action by ensuring that the government listens to Parliament and acts to protect our NHS.

 

HEALTH

Mon 24 November, 2014

Open Letter to Gareth Johnson, re: NHS

Dear Gareth Johnson, The NHS is one of our greatest achievements and our most important institution. But it’s under threat from your government which puts privatisation before patient care.  Read more

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