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‘People in Gloucester want to see their NHS protected not privatised’ - Sophy Gardner

Sophy Gardner was in Gloucester City Centre on Saturday asking local people to sign a petition demanding that the Government halts the costly spread of privatisation across the NHS.

Labour MP Clive Efford is set to introduce a Private Member’s Bill this week in Parliament that will repeal the damaging competition rules that the Tory-led Government inflicted on the NHS in its Health and Social Care Act 2012. The Bill would rewrite the rules that force market tendering of services and that are seeing millions of pounds wasted on competition lawyers that should instead be spent on patients.

Labour’s Parliamentary for Gloucester, Sophy Gardner, was joined by a team of volunteers who were asking people to sign a petition supporting Labour’s Bill outside the Guild Hall, Eastgate Street, Gloucester. Sophy has also called on all Tory and Liberal Democrat MPs in Gloucestershire to do the ‘decent thing’  by backing Labour’s Bill.  

Sophy Gardner said:

“People in Gloucester want to  see their NHS protected not privatised. That is why we are asking people in Gloucester to sign our petition urging the Government to abandon its disastrous reorganisation of the NHS. David Cameron once promised to protect the NHS, instead he unleashed a wave of privatisation which has diverted millions of pounds from patient care into the pockets of competition lawyers. David Cameron has made a big mistake and all Conservative and Lib Dem MPs who supported him should do the decent thing and admit they were wrong by backing Labour’s NHS Bill.

“It is clear from conversations I have had on the doorstep that people in Gloucester do not want to see the NHS dismantled. I cannot get through a canvassing session without someone sharing their experience of not being able to see their GP quickly, or asking what can be done to make sure their elderly relatives can get the care they need in their own home.

“By signing our petition people in Gloucester can send a powerful message to David Cameron’s Government that our NHS is not up for sale.”     

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