Friday, 21 November 2014
Copeland MP and Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed MP, has voted to remove competition from the NHS and protect it from privatisation. The NHS Bill, brought forward by Labour MP, Clive Efford, will undo the most damaging aspects of the Tories’ NHS reforms.
The Bill would rewrite the rules that force market tendering of services and that are seeing millions of pounds wasted on competition lawyers that should instead be spent on patients.
The Bill passed second reading today and now it must be scrutinised by a committee of MPs before being debated in the House of Commons again. If it passes these stages, it will then be debated in the House of Lords.
The next Labour Government is committed to repealing the Conservatives NHS Privatisation legislation in full.
The Government did not support the NHS Bill, instead backing its own privatisation agenda.
Labour is committed to repealing the Government’s Health and Social Care Act.
Copeland MP and Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed MP said:
“The Government’s disastrous reforms have put the NHS up for sale and services now must be put out to tender, regardless of patient need. The Tories have caused chaos in our NHS, imposing a top-down reorganisation that nobody wanted and nobody voted for.
“The NHS Bill would repeal the worst parts of the Government’s reforms and today, I voted to put a halt to privatisation and to put patients before profit. The Government has admitted that its NHS reforms represent their biggest mistake ever and it’s appalling that the Government has failed to take the opportunity to right its wrong.
“People in West Cumbria are more worried than ever about the future of their local services. We need our NHS to focus on patients not wasting millions of pounds on competition lawyers and tendering contracts when it should be spent on new staff and front-line care.”