Labour: Your NHS is Not Safe in Tory Hands
|Author: Adrian Houghton (Labour)||Published: 5th June 2017 08:20|
Sophie Johnson, South Northants Labour Party candidate.The Conservatives cannot be trusted to look after the NHS and secure its long-term future, according to South Northants Labour parliamentary candidate, Sophie Johnson.
In an effort to reduce a chronic funding shortfall by 2020, health officials across the country have been required by the Government to draw up sustainability and transformation plans that are set to lead to the closure or downgrading of many hospitals.
Indeed, there has been concern among local residents that the Horton General Hospital in Banbury will lose essential facilities, such as A&E, the critical care unit and a 24/7 children's ward.
Furthermore, it was revealed in April that the health service was in talks with hedge funds to borrow up to £10billion to pay for repairs to hospitals nationwide, provoking alarm among anti-privatisation campaigners.
This followed an independent review by Sir Robert Naylor, the former head of the University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust, which stressed the need for 'substantial capital investment', otherwise NHS property 'will remain unfit for purpose and will continue to deteriorate'.
Sophie said: “The NHS has been a major focus of campaigning for me. Back in January, I organised a cross-party meeting with the Keep The Horton General group because I simply cannot stand by and allow the people of South Northants to lose any of their vital healthcare services.
“Moreover, now that Theresa May has stated that she supports the Naylor Review, I am fearful that the Tories will act on a proposal in the report that will see the NHS being forced to sell off its buildings; once this has been done, it will be impossible to get the property back into public ownership.
“I will do everything in my power to fight against the cuts and the attempts to privatise the NHS by stealth. The Labour Party created the NHS and the Labour Party will save it from this unacceptable threat. I urge voters to think about this when they go to the polls on Thursday.”