Delyn MP David Hanson has this week voted against the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill.
Despite opposition from the Labour Party the Bill has passed its stages in the House of Commons and will now move to the House of Lords where Labour will continue to lead the challenge against the legislation.
David Hanson said:
“Despite widespread condemnation and opposition from doctors, nurses, health professionals, patients’ groups and Labour, this week the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill completed its passage in the House of Commons.
“This Bill will have real consequences for the people of Flintshire who use services across the border, such as the Countess of Chester Hospital.
“I voted against the Bill and supported Labour amendments that would have improved governance and accountability; prevented the setting up of the NHS as a full-scale market; restored the original language of Section 1 of the NHS Act 1946, and ensured that it is the Secretary of State that remains responsible and accountable for the health service; and cut waste, cost, bureaucracy and complexity.
“I have real concerns that the Tories’ NHS plans will fragment our health service by placing competition ahead of patient care.”