MP Bill Esterson calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to live up to his promise to protect NHS as public confidence plummets
Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson says the Tory-Lib Dem government's 'NHS reforms' are undermining public confidence in the service.
In the same week that the annual British Social Attitudes survey showed that public satisfaction has fallen from 70% last year to 58%, the largest drop since the survey started in 1983, Bill called on David Cameron to live up to his promise to protect the NHS.
The study, funded by the King’s Fund think tank, questioned 1,096 people about their views on health care between July and November last year. It also found drops in satisfaction with GPs, inpatient & outpatient services and accident & emergency services.
During the 2010 general election campaign David Cameron promised that he would “protect frontline services” but these results show that the British public clearly believe the NHS is deteriorating on his watch.
Bill said: “The Tories and their Lib Dem allies inherited an NHS with the highest-ever levels of public satisfaction and in their first full year in charge these levels have plummeted by a record amount.
"We’re already seeing the results of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government’s damaging health policies as waiting lists rise and public satisfaction plummets.
"The Tory-Lib Dem Government's abysmal record on the NHS also includes wasting £3 billion on a reckless top down re-organisation, scrapping Labour’s waiting time guarantees for hospital treatments and GP appointment and making a £1.2 billion real cut in funding for England’s NHS services. The NHS is simply too important to keep going backwards under the Tories and Lib Dems.
"The lessons to be learnt from this survey are clear: people want to see their NHS properly protected and David Cameron has to change course to stop it sinking further into chaos."
Bill said his own experiences within the NHS have been very positive after he snapped his achilles tendon.
Bill said: "The care I have received has been excellent. I'd like to thank the staff at Aintree Hospital.
"But the increasing dissatisfaction with the NHS as exposed in this survey shows that not everyone is getting the same level of care as I have been lucky enough to receive.
"My concerns is that that is due to the disastrous changes to the NHS which Cameron and Clegg are forcing upon the service. These are changes which are to the detriment of the National Health Service and which the doctors and nurses themselves are opposed to."