Labour MPs turned up to vote to scrap NHS privatisation. Tory MPs (who normally sit on the left of the picture) failed to show up.
This week I've received dozens and dozens of emails from people asking for me to support Clive Efford's NHS Bill to protect the NHS and scrap NHS privatisation.
I'm proud to support this Bill.
I strongly oppose the Tory plan to privatise our NHS. I want to see our local Tory MP stop backing private businesses making profits out of our health service and put the interests of patients in Plymouth first.
The good news: Clive Efford's Bill to stop NHS privatisation received enough votes on Friday to pass to the next stage in Parliament.
The bad news: our Tory MP failed to show up to vote. Instead of he was getting his car cleaned tweeting this.
Save the NHS - it's time to back the bill
The NHS is one of our greatest achievements and our most important institution. But it’s under threat from the Tory-led government which puts privatisation before patient care.
Now more than ever we need action to save our NHS. That’s why I supported Labour MP Clive Efford’s Bill which would scrap David Cameron’s new market framework for the NHS and ensure NHS patients are always put first.
I’m delighted that Labour won the vote and now the Tory-led Government needs to act to make sure the Bill is enforced so that patients are put before profits.
The NHS has never been more vulnerable than under the present government. The Tories wasted £3 billion on an unnecessary and damaging top-down NHS reorganisation. The new rules allow hospitals to earn up to 49 per cent of their income from private patients, which risks pushing NHS patients to the back of the queue. And their new competition rules force doctors to open up services to competition from the private sector. We're already seeing what a mess some privatised NHS services are in locally and I fear that more privatisation would only make a bad situation worse.
Labour will ensure that the NHS once again puts patients before profits. We will invest the millions of pounds saved from scrapping competition red tape in ensuring people can get a GP appointment within 48 hours, or on the same day if they need it.
I had no hesitation in backing this bill as it will make sure patients in Plymouth are put first once again. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for our current MP who failed to even turn up for the vote. I’m challenging Oliver Colvile to back the Bill now that is has passed and ensure that the government enforces its provisions to protect our NHS. You can read my original challenge to him to vote in favour of the bill here.
Patients in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport are relying on Mr Colvile to do the right thing by backing this Bill so that we can put an end to market forces being put at the heart of the NHS. I'm not holding my breadth as he has voted in favour of efforts to privatise, sell-off and reorganise Plymouth's NHS at every opportunity so far.
I'm standing on a platform of putting Plymouth first. That means defending our NHS from those who want to see it broken up putting profit for private companies ahead of patients.