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Labour candidate demands Ed Davey supports NHS

Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Kingston and Surbiton, Lee Godfrey, has written to Ed Davey demanding support for a bill to scrap the Health and Social Care Act, saving the NHS and local health services

As the NHS celebrates its 66th birthday this week (on Friday), Labour has put forward a private member’s bill to parliament spelling out how Labour would repeal the Health and Social Care Act and rewrite the rules that force market tendering of NHS services.

Lee Godfrey said: “The NHS was set up by the post-war Labour government to put patients before profits. But Ed Davey has betrayed people who voted for him in 2010 by working with the Tories to privatise our NHS. Ed Davey’s support for the Health and Social Care Act has bogged the NHS down in competition law. He has helped create a free for all for lawyers and private healthcare companies at the expense of patients.

“Ed Davey will go down as the MP for Kingston and Surbiton who put the NHS up for sale without first seeking the permission of his constituents.

“But Mr Davey can make amends by backing the bill to repeal the Health and Social Care Act and restore the right values at the heart of the NHS: collaboration over competition, people before profits.”

Here is the letter Lee wrote to Edward Davey on 1st July 2014

Dear Mr Davey,

 In this parliament you have voted for the Health and Social Care Act 2012 at every time of asking. As you know, this hated Act has the effect of privatising our NHS and putting Foundation Trusts such as Kingston Hospital on an unsteady footing. Your voting for the Act has bogged the NHS down in a morass of competition law and has brought our nation’s finest institution to the point of collapse.

 Very few people from Kingston and Surbiton that elected you in 2010 want our NHS privatised or for Kingston Hospital’s future to be uncertain. The Health and Social Care Act was not in your Party’s 2010 General Election manifesto, nor in the Conservative’s manifesto, nor indeed in the coalition agreement. The coalition agreement explicitly stated that there would be “no top-down reorganisation of the NHS.” There is no good reason why you should have voted for the Act.

 The good news is that you have a chance to redeem yourself and to secure the future of the NHS. This week, Clive Efford MP is putting forward a private member’s bill to lay out how Labour would repeal the Health and Social Care Act and rewrite the rules that force market tendering of NHS services. The bill will be debated in November.

 Can you assure the people of Kingston and Surbiton that you will support Clive Efford’s bill and, in so doing, help secure the future of the NHS and Kingston Hospital?

 Yours sincerely,

 Lee Godfrey

Labour Paliamentary Candidate for Kingston and Surbiton

www.leegodfrey.info