The deadline for comments on the Department of Health’s website is the end of today. (Tuesday, May 31)
Ms McCarthy said she had received “an almost unprecedented” number of letters and emails from hundreds of constituents who were deeply concerned that the Government’s reforms would be disastrous for the NHS and lead to privatisation.
In April, Ms McCarthy wrote to the Prime Minister and his deputy on the issue. She said people regarded the NHS as a national service, provided on the basis of need – not on the ability to pay or what generates the most profit.
She said: “I am encouraging everyone in Bristol to express their opposition to these dangerous NHS plans by responding to the Government’s listening exercise. As it stands at the moment, the Bill is motivated by the Government’s ideological aversion to state health care and it will result in longer waiting times, postcode lotteries, restricted treatments, as well as a reduced focus on public health promotion and compromised commissioning decisions for GPs, all because the Prime Minister values competition, markets and profit above high quality care for everyone.
“As waiting lists hit a three-year high, my constituents feel very strongly that the Government’s reforms will ruin our NHS. They are rightly worried that the Government’s plans to abolish the cap on private patients, combined with the scrapping of waiting list targets, will push NHS patients to the bottom of the queue in NHS hospitals.
“We need to take action now, as the Government’s so-called listening exercise is about to close. Time and time again, doctors and nurses throughout the country, not to mention patients, have rejected the Government’s plans. It is now time that the people of Bristol have their say before it’s too late.”