An email from Andy Burnham:
The NHS is now coming under attack from all angles – thousands of nursing posts lost, rising waiting times, billions taken from patient care to waste on a top-down NHS re-organisation.
At the last election, David Cameron promised the NHS would be safe in his hands. He ruled out a top-down re-organisation, promising to protect the front-line and halt closures of A&Es and maternity units. One by one, he’s broken his promises.
I know I can rely on you to help protect the NHS. Help us build a picture of what’s happening on the front line.
We fought hard in Westminster to get David Cameron to drop his plans, but he rammed them through in the face of overwhelming opposition from the public and medical professions.
Now, we are determined to hold the Prime Minister to account for his reckless action and the extra strain he’s putting on the NHS and its staff.
So yesterday we launched NHS Check – a new website for people everywhere to report to us the impact of David Cameron’s damaging changes. We want to keep the army of people who came forward to support the Drop the Bill campaign together – to help us expose what’s really happening in our NHS.
Labour will draw on the information we receive to hold David Cameron to account and reveal what’s really happening to the NHS under his Government.
As Ed Miliband said during his speech to the Royal College of Nursing yesterday, the NHS and its staff are the country’s best asset. You and I know that’s true – even if the Tories don’t – and Ed and I want to build a formidable force to defend it, involving people everywhere.
Patients are already paying the price for David Cameron’s mismanagement, with reports emerging this weekend of the NHS heading back to bad old days of the mid-90s with people left waiting on trolleys for hours on end in corridors. Labour would stop this wasteful back-office NHS re-organisation, put patients first and use the money saved to protect 6,000 nurses’ jobs.
David Cameron promised to protect the NHS, but he has broken this promise.