THIS Saturday, I’ll be at a rally outside Jarrow Town Hall at 11am to save the National Health Service – including our much-loved Walk-In Centre.
If you care about the NHS, come and join us wherever you live so together we can send a message that we value what we’ve got and want to keep it.
We’ve long known that the bean-counters of the South Tyneside NHS Clinical Commissioning Group were hell-bent on shutting the centre and would ignore public opinion.
I’ll admit it was a blow when Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt refused a review into the closure but what did we expect from a Tory-led Government, which detests the NHS?
We always knew, in our hearts, the Conservatives wouldn’t help us.
Over the past five years I’ve fought Tories carving our treasured NHS into bite-size chunks, ripe for closure or privatisation.
I recall Cameron claiming the NHS was safe in his hands. Fast forward five years and it’s a world away from the better NHS created by Labour.
Crisis after crisis in accident & emergency departments and long waits to see a GP, or for an ambulance to arrive, are the painful legacy of a Tory Government that wasted £3bn on a bureaucratic upheaval nobody wanted or voted for.
The Tories have left our NHS in a mess, and I promise you a Labour Government will revive it if we are victorious in the May 7 General Election.
We’ll fund more nurses and doctors to reduce waiting times with a mansion tax on houses worth upwards of £2m and owned by the wealthy few who don’t pay their fair whack.
So let’s show them on Saturday that we care about our NHS.