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Do you really think I don't care about the NHS Ed?
16/03/2011 23:10:00

At Prime Minister's Question Time today, Ed Miliband chose to ask about the Government's plans to reform the NHS.

I've been contacted by a number of constituents about this issue - some strongly supporting the idea of getting rid of layers of management and giving power to local GPs, others supportive of the principle but concerned about the detail and others totally opposed - so I wouldn't for a moment criticise his choice of topic. The way he ended his questions however - saying that you can't trust the Tories on the NHS - left a sour taste in the mouth.

The NHS saved my life when I had cancer as a child. It cared for my Dad when he had Alzheimer's. If my wife, my children or I get sick, it will be to the NHS that we turn. So I find the suggestion that I can't be trusted on this issue ridiculous and frankly insulting.

I am not making a party political point. It is equally ridiculous when some on the right suggest that those who favour greater European integration are traitors - I am opposed to greater integration but I don't for one minute question the patriotism of those who take a different view: they think a stronger European Union is in this country's best interests.

I am all in favour of robust political debate when we disagree but we shouldn't try to portray our opponents as pantomime villains. The Labour MPs and councillors I know are passionate about changing this country and their communities for the better. I disagree with many of their policies but I don't question their motives. I wish they would pay me the same compliment.

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