Last week Burnley Labour Party organised a special meeting to consider the challenges facing the NHS. Paul Foley, Regional Health spokesperson for Unison delivered an interesting and informative speech and this was followed by a lively discussion.
The establishment of the National Health Service in 1948 is without doubt the greatest achievement of a Labour Government. Those of us who have never known a world without the NHS struggle to imagine what life must have been like when healthcare was only available for those with the means to pay. We often find things in the system to complain about and of course there is lots of room for improvement but even with all its problems the NHS is still the envy of the world. Only this year the Commonwealth Institute in the USA examined the healthcare systems in the eleventh richest countries in the world and they concluded that the British NHS is the best. In their view we out performed the US, France and Germany.
Sadly the Coalition Government does not share our commitment to the NHS and they are systematically privatising the service bit by bit. We now have the ridiculous situation that Coca Cola can bid to provide diabetic services and there is talk of piloting a £10 charge to see your GP! The people of Burnley and Padiham tell me over and over again that they value their NHS and do not want to lose it and and we must act now to save it. We cannot allow the profits of private business to come before the well being of patients.
On the 21st November Labour MP Clive Efford, will bring a private members bill to the House of Commons to stop the privatisation of the National Health Service. We must ensure that this bill is passed. I launched a petition to give local people a chance to make their views known. Sign the petition now to Stop the Privatisation of the NHS.
Remember the Labour Party created the NHS and only the Labour Party will save the NHS for generations of British people.
REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE NHS THIS NOVEMBER