Sefton Central MP challenges Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson challenged the Deputy Prime Minister to put a halt to the coalition’s privatisation of the NHS at question time in Parliament.

Bill followed up a question from deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman who had already asked Nick Clegg if he would vote against the Health and Social Care bill which threatens to privatise the NHS.

Mr Clegg said there would be no privatisation of the health service but refused to vote against part three of the bill which allows for privatisation of the NHS.

Bill asked Mr Clegg: "The Deputy Prime Minister told my Right Honourable Friend the member for Peckham [Harriet Harman] there would be no privatisation of the NHS. I'd like to give him another chance. Will he oppose part three of the Health and Social Care Bill or are his comments on privatisation just meaningless words?"

Speaking afterwards, Bill said by failing to vote against the bill the Liberal Democrat leader was allowing the privatisation of the National Health Service.

Bill said: "The Deputy Prime Minister says he is against privatisation but if he is against it why won't he vote against the part of the Health and Social Care bill which allows privatisation?

"My concern and that of people across Sefton is that government ministers are going to privatise the health service and break yet another promise which they made before the election, this time on the NHS.

"The Tories and Lib Dems seem keen to bring in an American style health service and we all know that will mean second rate health care for many people in this country."

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