Rachel and NHS campaigner Jamie Hanley paid a call to 10 Downing Street today to deliver Leeds’ verdict on the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill. Handing in the signatures gathered in Leeds last week, Rachel said:
“The Government have continued with this costly top-down reorganisation of the NHS. I have received more letters about the Health Bill than anything else. People in Leeds care about our NHS, and they care about protecting the excellent children’s heart unit at the LGI – they don’t want to see expensive top down reorganisations that weren’t in any party’s manifesto.”
“It’s now two weeks since I wrote to Andrew Lansley requesting a meeting about the heart unit at the LGI but I haven’t yet had a reply. The Government are ignoring the concerns of people in Leeds who want to protect local services like the children’s heart unit.”
Jamie Hanley, NHS campaigner, said:
“When I was collecting signatures on Horsforth Town Street the view was clear, and I’m proud to have taken that view direct to Downing Street today.”
The Health and Social Care Bill was debated in Parliament last week. Shadow Secretary of State for Health, John Healey has criticised the Government. He said in the House of Commons yesterday:
“Last week MPs were asked to debate, amend and pass the Health and Social Care Bill with no new information of the costs and consequences of the biggest reorganisation in NHS history.
“The day after the debate, the new impact assessment was then smuggled out with no press statement. It shows Monitor, the new economic regulator, plan to employ 600 staff at an average cost of £84,000. And most importantly, it shows a Health Minister signed off the assessment on 1 September – a full 5 days before the Bill was debated last week.
“It’s a disgrace these facts were kept hidden from MPs and the public before such a critical and controversial debate.”