Labour takes to the streets over ‘scandalous’ NHS cuts

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MEMBERS of Buxton Labour Party have hit the town’s streets campaigning to raise awareness of the current NHS bill, and the hidden cost of the Government’s wasteful NHS reorganisation in the Derbyshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) area.

Party activists said new guidelines will force the local NHS to put aside £45,297,052 from their budget this year and next to pay for an NHS restructure that David Cameron repeatedly ruled out before the general election.

Cllr Caitlin Bisknell said: “Locally, we have seen the PCT vote to close the Corbar Birth Centre, East Midlands Ambulance Service lost a major contract to the private sector, and the number of people waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment has risen 109 per cent – all as a result of this government’s agenda of cuts and privatisation.

“It is scandalous that while local maternity and dental services are being axed, our local NHS is holding back millions of pounds to pay for a reckless reorganisation.

“Even before these plans have been agreed by Parliament, David Cameron’s reorganisation is hitting the NHS hard with costs already topping £3.4bn across the country.

“Spending this amount on a reorganisation is totally unjustifiable when local services such as Corbar are being closed, despite massive local opposition.

“The people of High Peak did not vote for these changes and our doctors, nurses and patients have already expressed huge concerns. Yet Cameron insists on carrying on with his Health Bill, ignoring public and professional opinion.

“The time has come for him to listen, put the NHS first and drop his dangerous Bill.”