Wednesday, 21 March 2012

The NHS: It is a sad day for Cornwall

Yesterday, the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition rammed the Health and Social Care Bill past its last parliamentary obstacle, defeating a Labour motion to delay by 328 votes to 246.

The Bill, which will further privatise the NHS opening up a free-for-all for private companies, will be a disaster. Put bluntly, this could be the end of the NHS as we know it.

Opposition was unprecedented. It came from nurses, midwives, GPs, doctors and millions of ordinary people, the length and breadth of Britain. But the Tories and Lib Dems refused to listen. Shame on them.

I understand that five of Cornwall’s six MPs voted for the Bill, but Andrew George, who has spoken out strongly against the legislation, abstained.

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