Shadow Health Secretary pledges to scrap NHS London proposals to downgrade Mayday and supports hyper-acute stroke unit
This morning, Andrew Lansley, the Shadow Secretary of State for Health, joined Jason Hadden, Richard Ottaway (the Conservative candidates for Croydon North and Croydon South respectively) and I to visit the Accident & Emergency Department and stroke ward at Mayday Hospital.
Andrew made it clear that a Conservative Government would scrap NHS London's plans to downgrade Mayday and allow GPs, in consultation with their patients, to ensure that local communities get the services they need - and in particular that he would support the development of a hyper acute stroke unit at Mayday, something I have been campaigning for. At the moment, people from Croydon are taken to St George's in Tooting for such care - as they will be for an increasing range of services if Labour get their way and Mayday is downgraded.
I think this issue illustrates how hollow Andrew Pelling's claims that he is more effective as an independent are. Like Jason, Richard and I, he has campaigned for a hyper-acute stroke unit and against plans to downgrade at Mayday. But as an independent, he has no influence with the people who take the decisions - the Government just ignored his petition on the hyper-acute stroke unit. Jason, Richard and I have worked hard behind the scenes and the person who will be the Secretary of State for Health if the Conservatives win this election has now made clear his opposition to NHS London's plans to downgrade our hospital and his support for a hyper-acute stroke unit at Mayday. If you want the maximum range of services at your local hospital, you need to vote Conservative on 6th May.