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Labour & Conservatives fail to back action against NHS cuts

November 27, 2006 11:00 PM
Andrew Simpson outside Northampton General Hospital

"Labour are ignoring people's concern over the NHS" said Andrew

In remarkable scenes at Northampton Borough Council's full council meeting a Lib Dem proposal calling on the Government to end interference in local health services and to stop the requirement for deficits to be repaid was passed with Labour opposition and Conservatives abstaining.

"Clearly Labour on the Council were in denial" said Andrew Simpson "They failed to recognise the concerns people in the town have over the current crisis in the NHS. A crisis brought about by the Labour Government's insistence that deficits, caused by the Government's meddling and reorganisation, are paid back this year. Even Labour's MP for Northampton North is aware of the problem - her own Group on the Borough prefer to ignore it".

The Labour Group (supported by the Conservatives) then curtailed the debate on the motion so denying the full case to be put. However the motion was still passed on Lib Dem votes alone as Labour voted against and the Conservatives sat on their hands.

"It makes you wonder how serious the Conservatives are with their 'Stop Brown's NHS Cuts' campaign when they sat on their hands when this important issue was debated" continued Andrew.

The full text of the Lib Dem motion was as follows:

This Council notes that:

1. The new Northamptonshire Primary Care Trust has a deficit of £37 million, which the government expects to be cleared this financial year, forcing cuts in mental health and learning disability services, the temporary closure of wards and the loss of access to treatment for infertility, allergies and other specialist care.

2. The Conservative run County Council is making cuts to care services for elderly and disabled people that compound the effect of the NHS cuts.

This Council requests the Chief Executive to write to Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for Health, and our local MP's calling on her to:

1. End excessive interference in the NHS from Whitehall, exemplified by the ten reorganisations of the NHS since Labour came to power.

2. End the demand for Northampton health services to repay their deficits for 2005-6.

3. Ensure that adequate funding is available for health care in Northamptonshire without cuts in services to patients.

4. Ensure that adequate facilities are planned for the future increase in Northampton's population.

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