West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is not convinced that the Conservative-led Government has been listening hard enough when it comes to their revised plans for reforming the NHS following yesterday’s statement on the planned changes to the Health and Social Care Bill.
Rosie, a member of the Commons Health Select Committee, has been a vocal critic of the Lansley reforms as they threaten the future of the National Health Service.
MP Rosie said:
“The public have deep seated concerns about the Health and Social care Bill which the NHS Future Forum said threatened the very foundations of the NHS and I believe it should have been scrapped.”
“We need to see the detail of the announced changes to the Health and Social Care Bill, which are better but still do not go nearly far enough. I do not believe that people’s genuine fears and concerns about the changes the Conservative Government are planning for the NHS will be put to rest.
“There remain huge concerns that increasing competition will lead to the privatisation of the NHS as well as serious questions about the lack of accountability and conflicts of interests as the Government intend to hand over £60 billion of taxpayers’ money to GPs.
“For example, to avoid any potential conflict of interest, nurses and hospital doctors on the Consortia shouldn’t be employed by a local health provider. However, similar rules do not seem to apply to GPs where up to 1 in 7 doctors will have an interest in providing services.
“A new opinion poll says that people do not trust David Cameron on the NHS. I wholeheartedly agree. How can we trust either David Cameron or Andrew Lansley who from the very beginning have broken promise after promise on the NHS.
“I look forward to questioning Dr Field in detail about his proposals when he meets with the Health Select Committee. The truth will be in the detail contained in the amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill.”