Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson urges people to back Labour figh

Bill Esterson
 
Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson has backed Labour's fight to protect our National Health Service. 


Bill called on the Government to rethink their plans to radically increase the role of the private sector in our National Health Service.

Bill said: "Our health service was founded on a vital principle - that healthcare should be available to all, regardless of ability to pay.

"David Cameron's Health Bill undermines that founding principle, and risks destroying the NHS that we know and love, by changing the rules so that hospitals can earn up to half their income from treating private patients - even if it means that NHS patients have to wait longer for their treatment.

"Despite promising to 'protect the NHS', Cameron's health cuts are already starting to bite in hospitals across the country.

"If the Health Bill goes ahead, cash-strapped NHS hospitals will find it hard to say no to treating more and more private patients in order to raise money, even if that means waiting lists getting longer and longer for those people who can't afford to pay for treatment.

"Quite simply, those people who can afford to go private will be able to jump the queue, whilst everybody else has to go to the back of an ever-growing waiting list.

"Even the Government's own impact assessment says there is a risk that private patients may be prioritised above NHS patients resulting in a growth in waiting lists and waiting times for NHS patients. 

"This Bill isn't law yet."

If you want to send the Government a message sign Dr Kailash Chand's e-petition calling on the Government to drop the Health Bill. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22670