Fears for health of NHS after Maghull man’s four day delay for h

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Labour’s candidate for Sudell Ward Patrick McKinley with Eddie Kay.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson says the experiences of a Maghull man who had a four day delay after suffering a suspected heart attack will be the norm if the Tory-Lib Dem government NHS reforms are passed.

Eddie Kay, 72 from Highgate Road, suffered a suspected heart attack on April 5. He was rushed to Fazakerley Hospital where he had to wait for four days before a bed was available in the ward where he could have a lifesaving operation to have a stent fitted into his artery.

He was told four beds had already been closed in the ward and a further four were due to be closed. And on top of that three nurses were scheduled to go.

Eddie said: "While I was waiting to be moved onto the ward for my operation, who was having to wait to get into the bed I was in?

"It's a prime example of how the service is not being sufficiently funded. I had to wait to get onto the ward where I could have the operation because there was a shortage of beds - beds they had closed shortly before. And what's more they were planning to close even more and get rid of some of the nurses."

Super-fit Eddie said he was taken totally by surprise by his heart problem.

Eddie said: "I go to the gym three times a week, I swim and walk every day. So it did come as a shock to find out that I do have a problem.

"But I must say that the care I did receive from the staff was fantastic. It is this service which is worth fighting for."

Bill Esterson said this is another example of frontline NHS services being hit by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat government.

Bill said: "Eddie is a very fit man and we are just pleased that he is making a recovery despite the delay.

"The Tories and Lib Dems promised us that frontline services in the NHS would not be cut - but yet again they have broken their promises and betrayed the electorate because we are seeing beds being closed and nurses being made redundant.

"They are the frontline services and that will have a direct impact on the level of care patients receive.

"I have written to the chief executive of University Hopsital Aintree to highlight the concerns raised by Eddie and to also ask from him for reassurances that frontline services are not being affected by funding cuts.

"What we have seen during Eddie's case is just the beginning. The Tory-Lib Dem NHS reforms will see services privatised and a return to the days before Labour founded the NHS in 1948 when people had to make real decisions about seeing the doctor or buying food.

"We cannot allow this Tory-Lib Dem administration to send us back to the bad old days.

"But all the signs are there that that is exactly what they are doing. This is highlighted by Sefton NHS staff being sent to America for advice on how to run the health service. America is the last place we should be looking to for best practice. The United States is a country where you only get health care if you can afford it. My fear is this is where we are heading."

Eddie said he was very concerned that the NHS was looking to America ahead of the reform.

He added: "If we are looking to America we will end up with a health service in which only the very wealthy will be able to afford health care.

"For everyone else, we will see the return of the poor man's clinic. I remember my mum having to pay for medicine when I was a child.

"We can't return to that."

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