Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, is today (Wednesday 7th March 2012) set to formally present a 700 signature petition to Parliament, calling on the Government to abandon its unpopular, expensive and unnecessary Health and Social Care Bill.
Tom has joined Labour Party and trade union activists in collecting signatures for this petition over the past few weeks, talking to constituents throughout his constituency, from Saltburn to Coulby Newham and Marton.
Tom said “When I’ve been talking to local people about the Government’s proposed changes to the NHS, it has become very clear people do not want them.
People in East Cleveland and Teesside love the NHS, and the last thing we need right now from this government is privatisation and wasting billions on unnecessary bureaucratic changes.
The Government has no mandate to implement these changes. Neither the Lib Dems nor the Tories had this Bill in their manifesto, and it did not form part of the Coalition agreement.
These are changes that it seems no one outside the Government and private medical industry wants. Doctors oppose them; nurses oppose them; the public opposes them; and patients oppose them. They are so unpopular that thousands of people are set to protest against them in London this afternoon.
I hope Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and David Cameron will listen to my constituents’ concerns, and drop this disastrous policy.”