With the local NHS under increasing threat, Mick Lerry, PPC for Bridgwater and West Somerset Constituency, has challenged local MP Ian Liddle-Grainger MP to back Labour’s new Bill to repeal the Tories’ new competition rules that drive NHS privatisation at the expense of patient care.
Labour MP Clive Efford will introduce a Bill on 21st November that would scrap David Cameron’s market framework for the NHS and make sure local NHS patients are always put first.
The Tory-led government has forced hospitals to open themselves up to a privatisation agenda, which prioritises spending on competition lawyers and tendering exercises instead of on patient care.
Protecting and Saving our NHS
Mick Lerry has backed Labour’s new Bill as a way of protecting and saving our NHS, and has challenged local MP Ian Liddell-Grainger to do the same by backing the Bill and voting for it in Parliament on 21st November.
Mick Lerry said: “The Tories’ approach is to let private companies cherry-pick the most profitable NHS services, regardless of patient need, and spend more money on economic regulators and competition lawyers. Instead, Labour will ensure that the NHS once again puts patients before profits. Labour will rescue the NHS with our £2.5 billion Time to Care package, which will fund new staff including 20,000 more nurses – investment the Tories will not match. I have no hesitation in backing this bill as it will make sure patients in Bridgwater and West Somerset are put first once again. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for our current MP. That’s why I’m challenging Ian Liddell-Grainger to make clear how he intends to back the Bill and vote for it in Parliament on 21st November.”
“Patients in Bridgwater and West Somerset are relying on the sitting MP to do the right thing and back this Bill so that we can put an end to market forces being put at the heart of the NHS. Ian Liddell-Grainger MP is fond of saying how he always puts his constituents first; its time he backed this up with action by voting for this Bill on 21st November.”
Cllr Mick Lerry-Leader of the Labour Group on SDC
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bridgwater and West Somerset Constituency