With the local NHS under increasing threat, Michael has today backed Clive Efford's Bill to repeal the Tories’ new competition rules that drive NHS privatisation at the expense of patient care.
David Cameron's top down reorganisation, which diverted £18 million from frontline care in Barnsley and £3 billion nationwide, has left the NHS in chaos. In the last twelve months, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust only met its target to see 95 per cent of A&E patients within four hours 25 per cent of the time. Experts are warning that hospitals are understaffed, and it is patients who are paying the price.
The Bill seeks to scrap David Cameron’s market framework for the NHS and make sure local NHS patients are always put first. It successfully passed the vote in the House and will now continue its passage through Parliament.
The Tory-led government has forced hospitals to open themselves up to a privatisation agenda which prioritises spending on competition lawyers and tendering exercises instead of on patient care.
Commenting, Michael said, “David Cameron is completely out of touch with what is happening on the NHS frontline in Barnsley. The Tories’ approach is to let private companies cherry-pick the most profitable NHS services, regardless of patient need, and spend more money on economic regulators and competition lawyers.
“I have no hesitation in backing this bill as it will make sure patients in Barnsley are put first once again. Labour will ensure that the NHS once again puts patients before profits. We will rescue the NHS with our £2.5 billion Time to Care package which will fund new staff including 20,000 more nurses – investment the Tories will not match.”
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