Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson invited to talk to Mersey

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with members of Merseyside Pensioners’ Forum including vice chairman Arthur Eyo.



Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson met members of the Merseyside Pensioners' Forum this week.
 
Bill was invited to speak to the pensioners' forum by Melling resident and group vice-chairman Arthur Eyo.
 
The MP spoke to the group about the NHS and then answered questions from members.
 
Bill said: “I was thrilled that Arthur invited me to meet the pensioners' group.
 
"This is a group of people who campaign hard across Merseyside on issues which affect pensioners and on issues of social justice. 
 
"Arthur is a great campaigner and does a superb job of making sure that pensioners are heard. 
 
"The Merseyside Pensioners' Federation asked me some really challenging questions and they certainly made me work for my cup of tea."
 
Bill said the forum members quizzed him about what we can expect when Labour came back to power.
 
Bill said: "I reminded the pensioners' forum that Labour will reverse the Tory-Lib Dem break-up of the NHS by repealing the legislation. We heard both Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham make that commitment at Labour’s conference in Manchester and it is vital that this is one of the first things the next Labour government does. 
 
"The way the NHS is going, it will be unrecognisable soon and it will certainly not be a National Health Service as private companies will be able to cherry pick the bits where they can make the most money. 
 
"In America health care companies make profits of 10% of all the money spent on health. That same money here is spent on patient care and I don’t want an American style health system but I fear that is what the Tories and Lib Dems are bringing us with their re-organisation."
 
Bill thanked the forum members for inviting him to their meeting.
 
Bill said: "The pensioners' forum asked me about many other issues and we had a lively discussion. They certainly kept me on my toes.”

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