Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson praises staff during visi

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Aintree Hospital’s Emergency Medicine consultant Mike Hickey and A&E Matron Angie Slade.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson praised the staff at Aintree Hospital during a visit of the site saying they do a "fantastic job despite the best efforts of the Tory-Lib Dem government".


Bill was given a tour of the hospital by chief executive Dr Catherine Bradshaw and director of communication Fin McNicol.


The Labour MP said he was impressed by the plans for the hospital which follows years of investment from the previous Labour Government. But he said the hardwork of staff at Aintree Hospital was at risk because of the Tory-Lib Dem government's damaging and dangerous reforms to the NHS.


Bill said: "While on my tour, I discussed the hospital’s plans for the future and some of the improvements which were made because of the investment from the last Labour government.


"The Labour government built a new elective treatment centre and the hospital is steadily updating its facilities. The Walton Centre is now next door the hospital and there will be a walkway which means patients will be able to be wheeled between the two hospitals without going in an ambulance. 


"Longer term there are plans to build new facilities elsewhere on the site and to continue to improve patient care. We discussed the concerns of many in the NHS about the government’s re-organisation of the NHS. One point raised was the way that the NHS faces cost savings, which the hospital achieves each year but at the same time the NHS is being re-organised."


The Labour MP visited the A&E department and met staff saying he was impressed by the "dedication and commitment of the staff". 


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Aintree Hospital’s Emergency Medicine consultant Mike Hickey and A&E Matron Angie Slade. Bill said: "I want to pay tribute to all the doctors, nurses and support staff at Aintree Hospital and to thank the chief executive and communications director for their time when I visited. Staff at Aintree Hospital do a fantastic job and there is little doubt that the hospital is working hard to improve its care all the time. 


"The plans for the hospital are very exciting and good news for everyone who relies on the hospital. But at the same time, it is very tough for staff to face cuts and to face the uncertainty which the government is imposing because of its plans to re-organise the NHS."


Bill said the Tory-Lib Dem government's re-organisaton of the NHS was jeopardising the good work of staff.


Bill said: "Tory Prime Minister, David Cameron said there would be no more top-down re-organisation of the NHS, yet that is exactly what he is doing, with the full support of the Lib Dems. 


"The Lib Dems are the midwives to privatisation of the NHS because hospitals will have to sell up to half their beds to private patients if their budgets are under pressure. NHS organisations are calling on the government to scrap its NHS legislation and to let hospitals like Aintree get on with caring for patients. While some doctors want to plan the health services in their areas, many do not. 


"That means that private companies will come in and take over. The only private companies with enough resources to run services in this country are American companies. The idea that we could have American health companies running the NHS fills me with horror. 


"When you hear the stories of people receiving little or no care in the United States and when you realise that 10% of the money goes to shareholders in the United States instead of to patient care, you can see exactly why the Tories and Lib Dems should listen to the health professionals and drop the NHS bill now.” 

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