Labour organises public meeting on health

A PUBLIC meeting on plans to transform the NHS is being held in Whaley Bridge next week.

The Whaley Bridge Branch of the Labour Party have organised the meeting about the Health Reform Bill which will take place at the Bowling Club, Whaley Bridge on April 14 from 7.30pm. High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has also been invited to the meeting.

Nev Clarke, Branch Secretary a, said: “Before the election both Coalition parties promised no top-down reforms of the NHS – and so we see another broken promise.

“Handing important parts of our health service to the private sector will push NHS patients to the back of the queue.

“Giving local GPs power to run things will re-introduce a huge postcode lottery.

“We think this is wrong and want to debate it locally.”

The meeting will be addressed by Dr Greg Carter, Professor Stephen Harrison of the University of Manchester and Paul Foley, a Unison official.

Most of the time of the meeting will be given over to the audience to ask questions and express their own views.