West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper spoke in an opposition day debate on the reorganisation of the NHS in the House of Commons. Rosie, a member of the Commons Health Select Committee has expressed her grave concerns on several occasions over the proposed reforms brought forward in the Health and Social Care Bill.
Prior to the general election David Cameron and Andrew Lansley said that there would be no more top-down reorganisation of the NHS. There was absolutely no indication as to the extent and breadth of the reforms they are now introducing.
“The proposals set out in the Health and Social Care Bill are the most extensive and fundamental reforms in the NHS’ history. This bill is even longer than the one that established the NHS in 1948.
“The Conservative-led Government is trying to cut £20 billion from the health budget at the same time as completely reorganise the entire health system, opening it up to European competition rules and private providers. Doing one or the other is tough enough but both at the same time spell disaster. Even more so as it is so unexpected it goes against all the promises David Cameron made prior to the general election.
“Even the medical profession through the British Medical Association are calling for the Government to withdraw the bill. These are the very doctors who the Government will rely on to run the new system. What a shambles!
“Having been involved in the NHS for more than 30 years with 10 years as Chair of Liverpool Women’s Hospital I absolutely believe that these reforms will seriously damage the NHS, especially the progress made over the last 10 years. It is not surprising that Andrew Lansley wants to hide the Ipsos Mori polling report to government, which shows record levels of satisfaction with healthcare services amongst the public.
“Locally we’ve heard that up to 125 jobs could be threatened by the budget cuts that they government has announced only Tories could say that a reduction of £20 billion would not affect frontline service. How stupid do they think the British people are?”