The private members bill, put forward by Clive Efford, which hopes to “halt the rush to privatisation and put patients rather than profits at the heart of our NHS” will be voted on by MPs tomorrow in the House of Commons.
Ahead of this vote, the 38 Labour parliamentary candidates in London seats have written an open letter (the full text of which can be found below) asking the Tory and Lib Dem MPs holding the seats they’re hoping to win next May, to vote in favour of the bill. In their letter, the PPCs point out that London’s health service “is in crisis” and that as this is a cross-party issue, party politics should be put to one side.
This letter comes as figures from Parliamentary Questions have been released, showing that the number of cancer patients in London receiving treatment within 62 days has fallen by more than 4% since 2010, while A&E waiting times are on the rise.
It’s not just PPCs who are voicing their support for the NHS – to show solidarity with campaigners who will be sleeping outside Parliament before the bill is voted on today Labour’s Shadow London Minister, Sadiq Khan, is going to attend an all-night vigil tonight.
We’ll be reporting on the vote, and will let you know the outcome.
The Full text of Letter from 38 London Labour parliamentary candidates to current MPs
London’s health service is in crisis.
Our Accident and Emergency units are at breaking point, with patients in North-West London facing the longest waiting times in the UK. London’s hospital trusts are struggling under the weight of crippling debt.
Ambulance response times are soaring and the service is increasingly reliant on expensive private ambulances. The number of cancelled operations has rocketed and cancer treatment times have increased. The situation is unsustainable and the future of London’s NHS is in real jeopardy.
To fix London’s NHS crisis we urgently need to invest more in extra doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals. We need to restore NHS values by putting patients before profits. We need to bring together physical health, mental health and social care into a single service to meet all of a person’s care needs.
Saving London’s NHS should be a cross-party issue that MPs of all parties can support. It’s Londoners’ biggest concern, and they are demanding action. On Friday, Parliament has the chance to vote on the issue. A bill will be debated that will change the way NHS services are tendered. It will allow us to end the scandal of millions of pounds of tax payer’s money being wasted on competition lawyers, rather than being used to help patients in London. We are backing the bill, and we call on all London MPs to do the same.
Labour’s parliamentary candidates in London:
Will Martindale – Battersea
Neil Coyle – Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Sarah Jones – Croydon Central
Joan Ryan – Enfield North
Tulip Siddiq – Hampstead and Kilburn
Andrew Dismore – Hendon
Sarah Sackman – Finchley and Golders Green
Catherine West – Hornsey and Wood Green
Ruth Cadbury – Brentford and Isleworth
Rupa Huq – Ealing and Central Acton
Wes Streeting – Ilford North
Dawn Butler – Brent Central
Uma Kumaran – Harrow East
Matthew Pennycook – Greenwich and Woolwich
Sam Gould – Romford
Bambos Charalambous – Enfield Southgate
Chris Summers – Uxbridge & South Ruislip
Vicky Foxcroft – Lewisham Deptford
Amy Trevethan – Chipping Barnet
Alex Sanderson – Chelsea and Fulham
Lee Godfrey – Kingston and Surbiton
Bilal Mahmood – Chingford and Woodford Green
Sheila Boswell – Putney
Emily Brothers – Sutton and Cheam
Helen Hayes – Dulwich and West Norwood
Stefano Borella – Bexleyheath and Crayford
Siobhan Tate – Carshalton and Wallington
Rod Abouharb – Kensington –
Ibby Mehmet – Old Bexley and Sidcup
Emily Benn – Croydon South
Paul Mcgeary – Hornchurch and Upminster
Michael Borio – Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner
Nigel de Gruchy – Orpington
John Courtneidge – Bromley and Chislehurst
Andrew Judge – Wimbledon
Nick Grant – Twickenham
Sachin Patel – Richmond Park
Nik Slingsby – Cities of London and Westminster