Morecambe Labour Party are holding a public meeting to debate the NHS Reforms tonight (Friday 9th July) at the Royal Station Hotel, Carnforth, starting at 7.30pm
The guest speakers will be Martin Rathfelder, Director of the Socialist Health Association and who edits the Association website. He is also a member of the North West Regional Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards and an elected NHS Trust Governor.
The meeting is another organised to continue the campaign to defending the NHS and stop the privatisation of Health Care.
Morecambe Labour Party argues the private sector is delighted by the government's controversial proposals, seeing the opportunities of increasing their market share. The business manager of public services company Tribal, which broadly supports the proposed changes, said: "This white paper could amount to the denationalisation of healthcare services in England and is the most important redirection of the NHS in more than a generation, going further than any Secretary of State has gone before."
"At a time of austerity, to spend £1.7 billion on restructuring the NHS and replacing it by an untried system seems the height of folly," said a spokesperson for Morecambe Labour Party. "We must oppose this bill vigorously.
"GPs are not trained to do commissioning and will have to use managers either displaced from the NHS or from private organisations. The BMA Council has elected to take part in 'constructive engagement' with the government but grassroots doctors are unhappy, particularly hospital consultants whose expertise has been ignored."
- General Campaign site (not party affiliated): keepournhspublic.org