Shocking ambulance statistics revealed this week underline the crisis in our NHS and how wrong our current Tory MP is to deny any problems. He will fool nobody.
Let’s have an honest and transparent conversation about the NHS and the cuts to our local health services.
The facts are that our local Trust is facing a £25million funding black hole on the watch of our Tory MP and his bosses in the Tory-led government . To plug the gap vital services are under threat and have already started to be moved or sold-off.
This Tory-led government ordered a monumental top-down reorganisation that the NHS has suffered for the past 4 years and cost billions of pounds. The Tories never mentioned this in their 2010 manifesto, the medical colleges did not vote for it, and neither did the public. There is no mandate for it.
The consequence of the Tory changes is that local health services are being put at risk of closures or relocation. We have already seen Vascular Services being cut from the RLI and moved to Preston. At the moment our local NHS Pharmacy services are being sold off, and though our Tory MP denies it the tender document is public record and available for anyone to view. Most worryingly, in private meetings members of the NHS Trust have stated that ‘nothing is off the table’.
The Tories have form on saying one thing and doing another. Hospitals, A&E departments and maternity services have been closed in other hospitals up and down the country. They close not in one go but with one small closure after another until there is nothing left for people to visit.
Just this week it has been revealed that in the North West we are spending over £3.3million on ambulance services now compared to just over £2million in 2012, an increase of 61% in just two years. And patients are waiting longer for an ambulance to arrive, with times going up over a minute and a half in just 3 years. In life or death situations where every second counts, this is simply unacceptable.
So please accept my disbelief at the audacity of David Morris who recently said he is ‘against all privatisation of the NHS’. This is the Morecambe and Lunesdale Tory MP who voted for the Health and Social Care Act, an act that continues to allow the sell off our health services for profits with an estimated £7bn of NHS contracts being awarded to private companies since it became law.
The people who are hit the most are the people of Morecambe and Lunesdale who have seen waiting times to see their GP go up, waiting times for an ambulance go up, and waiting times at A&E go up. These are the people I am fighting for and I will not let Mr Morris or his Tory bosses hoodwink us in to selling off our beloved NHS. By failing to join our community's campaign to save hospital services, David Morris is letting down vulnerable patients who need someone to fight for their future. Our current MP is clearly not fit for the job."