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Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson says Tory-Lib Dem attacks on our NHS are damaging our local hospitals

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Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said the Tory-Lib Dem attack on our NHS is hitting patient care in hospitals and costing lives.

The MP made his comments as a Health & Social Care Information Centre report that placed Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the top in the league for 'higher than expected' mortality rates.

HSCIC's study compared the actual number of patients to die following hospitalisation at a particular trust with the number that would be expected to die, based upon average England figures, given the characteristics of the patients treated there. It considers deaths taking place during a stay at a trust and also within 30 days of discharge.

Aintree is named by HSCIC in the 'higher than expected' category.

Bill Esterson said the government's policies were hitting our hospitals hard.

Bill said: "While our hospitals are in need of investment and support from the government, they are instead facing huge cut-backs. At the same time local councils have had their budgets slashed which means social services are struggling to help people in their own homes so they often end up at A&E. 

"Social services are also finding it increasingly difficult to help people return home after being admitted to hospital. On top of the cuts to the NHS and to councils the government inflicted a hugely expensive and damaging re-organisation of our NHS. The re-organisation is designed to break up the services within the NHS. The most potentially profitable parts are then sold on to the government's private sector friends.

"The cuts and re-organisation by the Tories and by the Lib Dems in government are the reasons for the A&E crisis and for the problems throughout our NHS.

"Meanwhile hardworking frontline NHS staff in our hospitals are being placed under greater and greater pressure, doing more with less in life and death situations day in and day out.

"Our hospitals need the support and the funding to be able to put right the damage this Tory-Lib Dem Government is inflicting on the NHS.

"That's what these HSCIC figures tell me.

"And while I agree with the HSCIC chair that these figures can be used to 'prompt' trusts to take action, it is only through reinstating the lost government funding which has been taken away from our hospitals that such action can be taken.

"Prior to 2010, under the previous Labour Government, the NHS had consistently improved from the dark days of the Thatcher and Major Governments, and it was recognised as one of the world's leading health providers. A Commonwealth Fund report identified that the NHS under Labour had become the most efficient and one of the highest performing  health care systems throughout the world.

"Those improvements under 13 years of Labour have been rapidly dismantled by the Tories and Lib Dems in Government since 2010 as they have engaged in an ideological assault on the NHS.

"I, together with my Labour Party colleagues in Westminster, will continue to call for the Tories and Lib Dems to return to their pre-2010 election pledge to protect the NHS and to turn away from their ongoing policy of breaking up and selling off our health service to the highest bidder.

"It is time the Tories and Lib Dems stopped trying to run the NHS down."

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