Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson to quiz Health Minister A

Bill Esterson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson will quiz beleaguered Tory-Lib Dem government Health Minister Andrew Lansley about his plans to 'reorganise' the NHS today (Tuesday).


Bill is scheduled to ask the Health Minister a question during the weekly 'Health Questions' session in the House of Commons.

Bill  will ask:

  • What recent representations he has received from healthcare professionals on the effect of increased competition on the NHS?
  • Isn’t it the case that increased competition in the NHS will harm patient care, lead to higher waiting lists and force people to either pay for treatment or face massive increases in waiting times?
 
Bill said he had been inundated by emails and phone calls from constituents who are concerned about the damage the Tory-Lib Dem government is doing to the National Health Service.
 
Bill said: "More and more people are becoming concerned about the Tory-Lib Dem plans for the NHS and more and more people are coming to me with their concerns.
 
"The Tory-Lib Dem plans are seeing the blatant privatisation of the NHS, where profit will be put before care, where there's a postcode lottery for treatment, where waiting lists will rocket and money is wasted as bureaucracy increases.
 
"And that is why people are urging me to do all I can to oppose the health bill and persuade the Tories and Lib Dems to wake up to the damage they are doing to our NHS."
 
Bill has personally contacted GPs from throughout the constituency to hear their views about the government's health bill.
 
Bill said: "Unlike David Cameron, I want to hear what the health professionals have to say about the reforms - I'm not turning them away like he did.
 
"We need to listen to what the health providers in this country have to say about the changes to the NHS. They are the ones who can tell us what the impact of the changes will be on the level of care provided. 
 
"And what they are telling us so far is that these changes will destroy the NHS. They say that these changes will damage our National Health Service beyond repair.  And that is why I am fighting these plans in every way that I can."