Make this by-election an SOS NHS referendum

By Josh Kaile

Labour’s Candidate in Southfields

I’m standing for election to be your local Southfields council because I want to serve my – our – patch. I think the Conservatives have taken Southfields for granted for far too long and the area will benefit not at all from sending another one to the town hall. But the by-election isn’t happening in a vacuum.

Nationally, the Conservatives are pushing through a simply crazy bill to reorganise the NHS: a bill that will cost billions, create even more bureaucracy and more acute post-code lotteries for NHS services. At the last election the Conservatives promised there would be no major reorganisations of the NHS. They lied: this bill, which is opposed by all the associations of medical professionals and experts is about as big a change as there can be.

And while they’re wasting their time and our money on this unnecessary bill, waiting times – cut down so significantly by Labour – are again rising. Nurses and doctors are losing their jobs. Hospitals are closing, or under threat of closure. Hospital trusts are falling into debt. Well not me.

I’m proud of our NHS. I was born at St George’s Hospital. I want to see it do better: patients treated more quickly to a higher standard. The Conservatives have lost sight of what government should be about: improving the health service.

If you want to stop this worrying shake-up of the NHS, make sure you vote Labour: the only party that can be trusted on the NHS on Thursday 29th March.

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