This week in Manchester, Councillors from across the country have attended a rally for the ‘NHS pledge’ – a five-point practical attempt to limit the damage of the NHS reorganisation.
One of the latest Labour Councils to sign up to NHS Pledge was High Peak Borough Council in Derbyshire (pictured).
At the event, Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne MP joined with local Labour Councillors, who will act as patient champions and the last line of defence for the NHS, calling on local health leaders to:
- Protect NHS founding values
- Prevent postcode lotteries
- Guard against longer waits
- Promote collaboration over competition
- Put patients before profits
Caitlin Bisknell, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for High Peak, and Council leader, said:
“I am fully supporting NHS Pledge as it will offer a last line of defence for our local health service. I asked our local NHS leaders in High Peak and across the country to adopt five principles to protect the NHS from the worst that David Cameron throws at it. Labour will not sit back and wait for things to go wrong in our NHS – it is far too important for that.
“By joining forces with health professionals at local level, we can resist the drive towards the rationing of treatment and the encroachment of charges we are starting to see in our NHS. The Tory-led Government’s NHS re-organisation is already causing real harm to patients and is wasting many tens of millionsin our area. Longer waits for operations and chaos in A&E has returned, operations and treatments restricted as the postcode lottery gets worse and thousands of nursing jobs are axed.”
Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, said:
“I am very proud to be supporting the NHS pledge rally today. It will be an invaluable way of showing how Labour Council Leaders and Labour Health leads can make a positive difference to local health provision and defend the things that matter in our NHS.
“People are particularly angry about what’s happening to our NHS and believe that David Cameron has betrayed them. Before the election he promised no more top-down NHS re-organisations but brought forward the biggest ever, taking £3.45bn away from the frontline and running unforgivable risks with patient safety. The NHS Pledge will show where Labour Councils are making a difference.”