Below is an open letter to Stephen Lloyd MP on the subject of last Friday afternoon’s vote in the House of Commons to pass Labour MP Clive Efford’s bill to protect the NHS from increased marketisation and the EU-US trade deal known as TTIP:
The NHS is one of our greatest achievements and our most important institution. But it’s under threat from your government which puts privatisation before patient care.
Now more than ever we need action to save our NHS. That’s why I backed Labour MP Clive Efford’s Bill which will scrap the market framework that David Cameron has imposed on the health service.
The NHS has never been more vulnerable than under the present government. You voted for an unnecessary and damaging £3 billion NHS reorganisation - money which could have been spent on patient care where it was needed – and you put loyalty to the Tories ahead of loyalty to your constituents by failing to turn up to the vote for Labour’s Bill to save our NHS.
Your government’s competition rules force doctors to open up services to competition from the private sector, wasting millions on competition lawyers – money that could and should be spent on patient care.
Labour will ensure that the NHS once again puts patients before profits. We will invest the millions of pounds saved from scrapping competition red tape in ensuring people can get a GP appointment within 48 hours, or on the same day if they need it.
I had no hesitation in backing this Bill as it will make sure NHS patients in Eastbourne and Willingdon are put first once again.
Now that the Bill has passed - without your vote - the people in our area want to know what you will do. That’s why I’m challenging you to back the Bill now and ensure that the government acts to enforce its provisions to protect our NHS.
Patients in Eastbourne are relying on you to do the right thing and back this Bill so we can put the right values back into the NHS. You’re fond of saying how you always puts your constituents first; now it’s time you backed this up with action by ensuring that the government listens to Parliament and acts to protect our NHS.
Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Eastbourne and Willingdon