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Andy Burnham in Liverpool rally against ‘reckless’ NHS reforms

Royal hospital focus of action day as online petition launched

Written by . Published on January 9th 2012.

Andy Burnham in Liverpool rally against ‘reckless’ NHS reforms

ANDY Burnham, the shadow health secretary, is to join a protest outside The Royal Liverpool Hospital against the Government’s Health & Social Care Bill. 

Organised by Liverpool’s Labour Group, the rally, on Friday January 27, has been instigated by the city’s youngest councillor, Labour's Jake Morrison, who works in the healthcare sector. 

Andy BurnhamAndy BurnhamDemonstrators, who will include doctors, nurses and trade unionists, say they fear private patients could be allowed to take up almost half of the 2,400 beds currently reserved for NHS patients across Liverpool.

"Our arrogant Prime Minister needs to be reminded that nobody voted for this re-organisation and that he doesn't have a mandate to privatise England's precious NHS,” said Mr Burnham. 

Dr Richard Wenstone, a senior medic at the Royal, also slammed the Government’s proposals. 

 “I know that everyone here in the Royal Hospital, from managers to staff, and doctors and nurses, will work as hard we can to keep as many of its beds as possible available to NHS patients,” he said. 

“But not every hospital is like the Royal. In other hospitals across the rest of the country, NHS patients will find themselves sent to the back of the queue, at hospitals which are allowed to open up almost half of their beds to private health care providers.” 

“I know that doctors all over the country are worried that the NHS isn’t safe in the Government’s hands. I am deeply concerned at the proposals which the Government are putting forwards, and I will join this demonstration to demand that Cameron and Clegg stop messing with our NHS.” 

The Bill is now in the Report stage in the House of Lords, and the debate will begin again in February. 

Jake MorrisonBoy wonderWavertree Labour Councillor Morrison, 18, who sensationally kicked the former Lib Dem council leader, Lord Mike Storey, out of office at the last elections, works as a health care assistant in a Liverpool hospital. He said: “I called for this demonstration to be held because these reckless plans will affect people in this city. 

 “I’ve got first hand experience of the world class care the NHS offers to people across Liverpool. 

“I am calling on people across Liverpool to make their voices heard, and help to defend our NHS.” 

Labour has launched a petition, at www.dropthebill.com

*Health and Social Care Bill protest, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Street, Liverpool,  Friday January 27, 11am-3pm.

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Angie Sammons shared this on Facebook on January 9th 2012.
Red or EdJanuary 9th 2012.

We should really get behind this people. Cameron is going to sell the NHS to his mates

Celia KellyJanuary 10th 2012.

Yes indeed! The reason this bill is not law yet is because of the wholesale opposition to it, especially from people here in Liverpool. We can stop this bill and there are lots of things you can do that really work. The main thing is to contact your MP and let him or her know what you think.
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David CharlesJanuary 17th 2012.

The hypocrisy of Labour opposing cuts! Tomorrow night, Joe the Blow will be voting cuts of millions of pounds on behalf of the Tory Government!

David CharlesJanuary 25th 2012.

So, the Labour Party have bottled out and called off their demo. They say it's because the police couldn't guarantee the safety of people if too many turned up. Last week we heard Liverpool Labour contacted Manchester to see if they could bring over some supporters because a counter demo against ALL cuts had been called by Solidarity Federation and supported by various socialist groups. That's the real reason Labour called their demo off! There will still be a demo at The Royal at 11 o'clock. All socialists and anarchists invited. So, not you Labour member! Just genuine socialists, not capitalist lackeys like you.

David CharlesJanuary 27th 2012.


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