Rachel voted against the Tory-led Government’s Health and Social Care Bill last week – a bill that will lead to a costly and damaging reorganisation of the NHS that is opposed by health professionals and patients.
The bill, which is opposed by thousands of doctors, nurses and patients, will cost billions and do nothing to improve frontline patient care. Meanwhile, the number of NHS nurses has fallen by over 3,000 since the general election and the total fall in nurses could be at least 6,000 by the end of this Parliament.
Instead of wasting all this money on a damaging and unnecessary NHS reorganisation, Labour would put patients first and protect the 6,000 nursing jobs set to be cut by 2015.
“Patients who depend on the NHS, and the staff who have devoted their lives to it, don’t want an expensive, dangerous and unnecessary reorganisation. They want to see nurses’ jobs protected and for the needs of patients to be put first.
"The Government’s first priority should be to protect the frontline of the NHS. Instead we have a government blowing a vast amount of money on a damaging top-down reorganisation that will do nothing for patient care, and all whilst cutting thousands of nurses with more than 3,000 already gone.”