Wes Streeting, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Ilford North, has written to Lee Scott MP urging him to vote against a clause in the Government's Care Bill that would allow the closure of our local NHS services within 40 days.
Clause 119 of the Government’s Care Bill would give the Health Secretary sweeping powers to close our local hospital services within 40 days and without consultation with local health experts or the general public. NHS Trusts that are in financial trouble or deemed to be failing, like our local NHS Trust, are particularly vulnerable to this course of action.
Labour will vote to delete the new rules from the Bill and will join forces with MPs of other parties to hand power back to local communities. Wes Streeting has written to Lee Scott to ask him to back Labour's cross-party amendment to delete clause 119.
The Conservative-led government have already closed maternity at King George Hospital and earmarked the A&E unit for closure, in spite of pre-election promises to keep these services open.
Cllr Wes Streeting, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Ilford North said: “Given the well known problems at our local NHS Trust and the plan to close our A&E service at King George Hospital, I have written to Lee Scott asking that he puts his constituents before his party by voting against a clause in the government’s Care Bill that would give the Health Secretary power to close our local services at a moment’s notice without public consultation. I hope he will do the right thing by backing Labour’s amendment to delete Clause 119."
Wes Streeting's letter to Lee Scott, reproduced below, reads:
You will doubtless be aware of concerns that many of us have about clause 119 of the Government’s Care Bill. This clause, if enacted, will give the Secretary of State for Health sweeping powers to close or downgrade hospital services without consultation with local people and at very short notice.
Given the current position facing our local NHS Trust, and the Government’s plans to close the Accident and Emergency Unit at King George Hospital in spite of strong public opposition, I am writing to ask that you put the interests of your constituents before the party whip, by backing the amendment tomorrow afternoon to delete clause 119 entirely.
In the event that you choose to support Clause 119, I hope you will be willing to explain why you think it’s in the interests of your constituents that the Secretary of State should be able to close local NHS services without consultation.
Parliamentary Candidate for Ilford North'