Despite opposition from many leading health organisations, the Government’s Health and Social Care won a crucial vote last night in the House of Commons.
The top down reorganisation of the health service will cost billions, has been criticised on all sides and risks patient care by opening up the NHS completely to the private sector and introducing competition on price.
Delyn MP David Hanson voted against the Bill which was passed at Second Reading 321 against 235.
David Hanson said:
“I know that my constituents have real concerns about what this Bill will mean for them. Many constituents in Delyn use health services over in England including: The Countess of Chester Hospital; cancer services in Clatterbridge on Merseyside; the Christie Hospital in Manchester; and children’s services and head injuries treatment in Liverpool.
“My constituents also depend on Orthopaedic services in Gobowen in Shropshire.
“The Government has broken its Coalition Agreement promise on no top down reorganisations. The reorganisation will cost £3bn at a time when the NHS has to make unprecedented efficiency savings of £20bn.
“The much talked about move to give GPs control of NHS budgets is the tip of the iceberg of this legislation. The hidden bulk of the changes lie in opening up the NHS completely to the private sector and introducing competition on price.
“Almost every expert says competition on price is dangerous and risks patient care. Local hospitals will be destabilised as providers cherry-pick the most profitable patients by undercutting the NHS on price. A new powerful regulator will put profit and competition at the heart of the NHS, not patients.
“The Health Secretary is pushing through his Bill despite criticism on all sides: from patient groups, professional bodies and health experts. They have attacked the plans as high cost, high risk, a danger to the commissioning of key health services, and a distraction from the need to find efficiencies.
“Even the Tory-led Health Select Committee has criticised the plans, saying they are unlikely to improve patient care. 3 out of 4 doctors don’t want the changes, and don’t believe they will improve patient care.”