Ilford North's MP writes to residents saying he'll miss the crucial NHS vote in Parliament and won't even tell people where he stands.
Redbridge Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Ilford North has joined campaigners calling on Lee Scott MP to turn up to support a Bill in Parliament on Friday 21st November to reverse damaging Tory NHS reforms and protect it from a new international treaty that would open up the NHS to further privatisation.
The private members’ bill being debated on 21st November will call on the Government to stop the further Privatisation of the NHS, restore the legal duty of the Secretary of State for Health to provide National Health Services and amend the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to remove controversial competition requirements under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Members of 38 degrees have being writing e-mails to both Lee Scott and Wes Streeting regarding the vote, urging Mr Scott to attend and back the Bill. Wes Streeting wrote to Mr Scott on 4th November asking him to back the Bill.
Lee Scott is replying to residents saying that he's visiting schools tomorrow so will miss the crucial vote in Parliament. Tellingly, he won't say where he stands on the Bill itself!
Labour has already said we will repeal the Coalition Government’s Health and Social care bill if we win the General Election in May 2015.
Cllr Wes Streeting, Cabinet Member for Health and Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Ilford North, said:
“The top down reorganisation and privatisation of the NHS has wasted over £3billion of taxpayers money and has led to a poorer service for patients. Even senior cabinet members have been quoted in the national press admitting the Tory NHS reforms were their ‘biggest mistake’. Lee Scott voted for those damaging reforms, but he now has a chance to listen to what the public are saying and put things right. A no-show is just not good enough. If I were the MP for Ilford North, I'd be there tomorrow and voting to support this important NHS Bill. It's time for Lee Scott to come clean about where he stands.”