With the local NHS under increasing threat, Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish and Shadow Health Minister, has voted for Labour’s new Bill to repeal the Tories’ competition rules that drive NHS privatisation at the expense of patient care.
Labour MP Clive Efford successfully introduced a Bill this week that will scrap David Cameron’s market framework for the NHS and make sure local NHS patients are always put first. Now the Tory-led government is under pressure to honour this new bill and make sure it is enacted and enforced.
The Tory-led government has forced hospitals to open themselves up to a privatisation regime which prioritises spending on competition lawyers and tendering exercises instead of on patient care.
Andrew Gwynne voted for Labour’s new Bill as a way of protecting and saving our NHS, and has challenged the government to act to make sure patients are put before profits.
Andrew Gwynne MP 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.
“The Tories haven’t just destabilised our health service; they’re holding it back from meeting the challenges of the 21st century as well. I voted for this new Bill because it will end the creep towards NHS privatisation, bureaucracy and red-tape, and put patients back at the heart of the NHS. Now it’s time for the Tory-led government to listen to Parliament and put this bill into action so that patients in Tameside and Stockport are prioritised once again.”