Tuesday, 18 March 2014

LOCAL PEOPLE SHOULD BE MORE INVOLVED IN THE FUTURE OF HOSPITAL SERVICES, NOT LESS

I’ve spoken to local people and many have told me they’re concerned about the future of health services in Hyndburn.

David Cameron promised he’d protect the NHS but worsening patient care and cuts to staffing show that the NHS is not safe in his hands..

Clause 119 of the Government’s Care Bill, which is currently going through Parliament, would give the Government in Westminster the power to go over the heads of local communities and close local hospitals like Accrington Victoria. It just goes to show you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.

I voted to reject clause 119 in Parliament on Tuesday because local people deserve better.

Only with Labour will the NHS be better off. Communities need to be actively involved in decisions taken on the future of local health facilities. That’s why the next Labour government will make sure local people have a formal role in drawing up and deciding on proposals for changes to maternity wards, A&E units or any other health service before they get to the consultation stage.

We will give communities and patients more control over services, and ensure the NHS and the skilled professionals who work in it can focus on what matters: delivering care for you and your family when you need it.