Labour candidate takes to Wetherby’s streets

Veronica King, Labour PPC for Elmet and Rothwell plus members from Wetherby Labour Party campaigning in Wetherby on Saturday (s)
Veronica King, Labour PPC for Elmet and Rothwell plus members from Wetherby Labour Party campaigning in Wetherby on Saturday (s)

A campaign to stop the privatisation of the NHS took to the streets in Wetherby this month.

Campaigners joined the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Elmet and Rothwell Veronica King to gather support for their campaign.

This action is in support of a private member’s Bill, put forward by Labour MP for Eltham Clive Efford, whose aim is to put public health rather than private profit back into the heart of the NHS.

Mrs King said: “Too many people in Wetherby, and across Elmet and Rothwell, are having to wait too long for GP appointments and operations, and the local residents I’m out speaking to every week tell me what a huge concern this is.

“There was huge support for our campaign to back the Bill and stop the sell off of the NHS.

“A Labour government will guarantee a GP appointment within 24 hours, invest £2.5bn in the NHS workforce so doctors and nurses have the time they need to care for patients, and will repeal the damaging privatisation of this government’s NHS and social care Bill.”

Mr Efford’s Bill, supported by Mrs King, is the National Health Service (amended duties and powers) Bill. This seeks to address alleged harmful policies introduced by the current government.

This Bill will go before Parliament on November 21 when MPs will have a chance to vote for it.

Current Elmet and Rothwell MP and Conservative Parliamentary candidate Alec Shelbrooke said: “Ed Miliband’s candidates have learnt nothing when it comes to unfunded promises.

“Since 2010, by making tough financial decisions, the coalition government has increased the NHS budget year-on-year. We’ve delivered 7,000 more doctors and 7,000 fewer administrators and announced seven day a week GP access.

“My constituents want a strong NHS free at the point of need and we can only have that with a strong economy. On that Ed Miliband has little credibility.”