Labour MP concerned NHS Trust is looking to America for public h

Ben Winstanley

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said he is very concerned that Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust is taking advice from US healthcare organisations ahead of Tory-Lib Dem government announcements which will effectively privatise parts of the NHS.

Three staff members from the Trust made a visit to America to seek advice from four US healthcare organisations.

Bill Esterson said the last place the NHS should be looking to for advice is America.Bill said: "We all know just how unfair the American health service is.

"It is private health care but only if you can afford it and many can afford little or and health care at all, which is what it was like for families here before the NHS was created, something many older pensioners will remember only too well is their parents choosing between a visit to the doctor or buying food, not something we should even consider returning too.

"This is the exact model which this Tory-Lib Dem government wants us to emulate.

"It wasn't long ago that the Tories were stoking the fire against a National Health Service in America. During the debate which was sparked by President Obama's desire to introduce a health service into the States, Conservative MEP and close friend of David Cameron Daniel Hannan called our NHS a 60 year mistake.

"We must fight any plans to privatise the NHS and we should not be looking to America for inspiration on how to reform the service."

The Labour MP said he hoped everyone, regardless of party, would oppose the Tory-Lib Dem government plans.

Bill said: "The NHS was established by the Labour government after the Second World War. It is recognised as the jewel in the crown of our public services.

"The reforms which Andrew Lansley and David Cameron want to introduce will see the service 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."

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