Labour MP Bill Esterson receives petition signed by 400,000 peop

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Maghull Town Councillor Caroline Esterson receive the petition from 38 Degress' Steve Little, Carl Davies and Alison Wotherspoon.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson received a petition opposing Tory-Lib Dem changes to the NHS which was signed by nearly 400,000 people this week.

Members of 38 Degrees a national political lobbying group, recently presented Bill with the petition with 389,849 signatories from people who are deeply concerned with the Government's proposals to cut the services within the NHS.

Bill Esterson has opposed the Tory-Lib Dem NHS 'reforms' from the start.

He has throughout spoken in Parliament voicing his and constituents' concerns about the future of the NHS under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government.

After receiving the petition, the Labour MP said the number of people who had signed the petition highlighted the strength of opposition to the Tory-Lib Dem plans.

Bill said: "It is overwhelming just what level of opposition there is to Cameron, Clegg and Lansley's plans for our NHS.

"They are planning the break-up of our national health service and in turn planning to sell it off to the highest bidder. This is something which people of all parties must oppose.

"We have clear indications as to how the NHS will look if these reforms are implemented by looking at Whiston Hospital which is used by people throughout the North West, including right here in Sefton. There is the very real prospect n Whiston that private companies will be brought in to provide some of the vital services. These are vital services which will become money making ventures.

"Right here in Sefton we saw a delegation of health experts from the Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust fly out to the USA on a fact finding mission to find out how health provision is provided in America. America is renowned for its private health care provision and it doesn't bode well if we are looking towards them for inspiration on how our National Health Service will evolve.

"So I applaud all of the people who signed the petition online and urge everyone else to do the same.

"It is only by adding our own weight to this campaign that we will get Cameron, Clegg and co to see sense and stop the destruction of our NHS."

Steve Little, 38 Degrees organiser for the event said “The NHS has been the envy of the world since its inception way back in 1948. People wanted it to fail, and for years have been trying to dismantle it.

"This is a clear attack on the provision and services on the NHS without any consideration for patients. Nye Bevan would be turning in his grave because we have to hand in petitions of this nature to prevent it being overtaken by private profit.

"We are delighted that Mr Esterson has accepted the petition on behalf of 38 Degrees and we are aware that he is an avid supporter of our cause."

You can sign the petition on line at www.38.degrees.com