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Catherine West: Labour will repeal the Health and Social Care Act

Last Friday Clive Efford's National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill, brought to stop the destruction of our NHS, secured a second reading.  Like many constituents I wrote to Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey & Wood Green asking her to vote for the Bill.  Last Friday didn't turn up to vote against it.
I care passionately about the NHS and understand what a difference it can make to people’s lives. I am proud that it was the Labour party who established the NHS to ensure patient-centred healthcare was available to all, not just the few.
By lifting the cap on private sector treatment in NHS hospitals, the coalition government is going against the NHS’s founding principles. The reason people love and trust the NHS is because it is a universal service that is based on people not profits.
At the last election nobody voted for the Tory/Lib Dem government to pursue this damaging agenda which is having a real impact on the quality of care in the NHS. It is unacceptable that, since the coalition’s £3 billion top-down reorganisation, figures show that in Haringey one in five patients now has to wait at least 7 days to see their GP and waiting times for A&E and operations in London are on the rise again.
Labour has already announced it will repeal the coalition government’s Health and Social Care Act if elected in May 2015.
A Labour government will also:
• Guarantee patients a GP appointment within 48 hours.
• Repeal the Coalition’s damaging NHS changes that have put profit before patients.
• Invest in 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and 5,000 more care workers to ensure you get the care you deserve, when you need it.
• Bring together health and social care into a joined-up service, making sure that older people get access to the care they need in their homes.
If I am elected to Parliament next year I will work to safeguard the founding principles on which the Labour party established the health service.
Catherine West

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