Lots of people have contacted me about the Government's proposed reforms to the NHS, some in favour of the Government’s proposals and others very concerned.
The NHS saved my life when I had cancer as a child. It provided outstanding care to to my father in the last months of his life when he was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. I don’t have private medical insurance – if I or my family get sick, it is to the NHS that we turn. So I am as passionate about our NHS as those who have contacted me.
Personally, I think some reform is necessary. The Government has protected the NHS budget from any spending cuts - it will receive just above inflation increases in each year of this Parliament - but with an ageing population and the huge cost of new treatments, that isn't enough. If we want the NHS to improve, we need to make it more efficient. The question is, are the Government’s reforms the right ones?
The Government recently announced a pause in the consideration of its Health and Social Care Bill, which provides the legal underpinning for its proposed reforms. This, it says, will give it time to listen to people’s concerns and bring forward the necessary changes.
As the MP for Croydon Central, my job is to represent your views. So I have organised a public meeting where I can hear firsthand what my constituents think. The meeting will be held on Friday 3rd June at 7.30pm in Shirley Parish Hall. If you would like to attend, please email Jennifer Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7219 2119.