Labour MP Bill Esterson: Tory-Lib Dem NHS privatsation plans are


Bill Esterson MP

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said the Tory-Lib Dem government's plans to reform the NHS showed that they are more interested in the bottomline than people's lives.

Bill called Tory Health Minister Andrew Lansley and Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to reform the health service "dangerous".

The Labour MP said: "These planned reforms are very ominous. The plans will see the NHS sold off to the highest bidder.

"The service will be reduced to nothing more than a series of franchises where the bottomline and not people's lives is what matters.

"We cannot sit back and allow this Tory-Lib Dem government to allow private companies to run our health service.

"What they have planned for the National Health Service is yet another betrayal by a government which is more interested in looking after big business than the people of Britain."

Bill said we are already seeing the the Tory-Lib Dem's negative impact on the NHS.

Bill said: "In parts of the country we are hearing today that because of the cutbacks to the NHS hospitals are stopping hip operations. This is just the start of what we can expect under this Tory-Lib Dem government.

"What they would like to see is health care but only for those who can afford it. So ordinary families here in Sefton Central will end up losing out. Just like it was before the Labour Party established the NHS after the Second World War.

"Many older people will remember only too well their parents choosing between a visit to the doctor or buying food. Not something which we should even consider going back to.

"That is why I am opposing these reforms and I urge everyone else to join the campaign against the plans."

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