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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined 240 MPs last week in emphatically voting in favour of Clive Efford MP’s NHS Bill.

 

MP Rosie voted for Clive Efford’s National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill which was won by 241-18 on Friday 21 November.

 

This Bill will scrap the competition framework, remove the role of Monitor as an economic regulator enforcing competition in the NHS, and remove the Competition and Markets Authority from any role in the NHS.

 

The Health & Social Care Act allowed hospitals to raise up to half of their income from treating private patients but this Bill would set tougher controls on private patient income to ensure NHS patients always get put first.

 

While the Health & Social Care Act removed the Secretary of State’s duty to provide health services in England, ending the historic political accountability for the NHS, this NHS Bill would restore the Secretary of State’s duty.

 

MP Rosie said:

“The NHS is one of our greatest achievements and one of our most important institutions. But it’s under threat from a Conservative-led government which puts privatisation before patient care.  

 

“From the letters and emails I received people don’t trust David Cameron when it comes to our National Health Service.  Despite the promises to protect the NHS this government has cut £20 billion from the NHS.  It has placed frontline services under growing pressure and staffing shortages in key areas.  Whilst they talk about patient-centred healthcare their actions fail to live up to the promise.

 

“Now more than ever we need action to save our NHS. That’s why I voted for Clive Efford’s Bill which would scrap David Cameron’s new market framework for the NHS and ensure patients in West Lancashire and across the country are put first once again.”

 

MP Rosie has been an out-spoken critic of the government’s NHS Reforms since 2010.

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