Labour Health Select Committee member Rosie Cooper MP says there is still time to save the future of the NHS as the Conservative-led Government’s flagship Health and Social Care Bill is to be delayed.
MP Rosie has been vocal in her opposition to much of the planned reform for fear of the damage it would cause to frontline NHS services and the quality of treatment afforded to patients.
Rosie has spoken out on several occasions in the House of Commons (in select committee hearings, opposition day debates, legislative debates and Westminster Hall debates) calling on the Health Secretary and the Government to listen and believes this Bill is ill-thought through, poorly planned and its fast-tracked implementation shambolic.
Rosie is clear that the government doesn’t have the support or mandate to impose their will on the NHS; and they need to stop before they kill the NHS.
West Lancashire MP, Rosie said:
“For a flagship policy the Conservative-led Government’s approach to NHS reform has been shambolic from day one. Before the General Election we had the Prime Minister’s promise to the country that there would be no reorganisation of the Health Service and that they would increase real terms funding of the NHS.
“What we got instead is the biggest reform of the NHS since its creation at the same time as trying to cut £20 billion over the next four years and no actual increase in funding. Broken promises which show that the NHS just isn’t safe with the Conservatives”
“The Health Secretary has refused to listen to the many millions of voices that he was wrong. He has refused to listen to patients, doctors, health professionals and MPs. As I have said many times over he has been playing ‘Russian roulette’ with the NHS. Let’s just hope that this delay has come in time for a serious rethink by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State before they destroy the NHS for future generations.
“I am seriously concerned though by reports that this delay is more of a political fix to attempt to build bridges within the coalition. The priority for the NHS should be the treatment of patients not trying to revive Nick Clegg’s failing political health.”
Rosie is a member of the Commons Health Select Committee and prior to being an MP was involved in the NHS for over 30 years with 10 years as Chair of Liverpool Women’s Foundation Trust Hospital.