Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham MP visited various healthcare institutions that are coming under threat of closure or privatisation on the 28th November 2013.
North Warwickshire's Parliamentary Candidate Mike O'Brien, Andy Burnham MP, Councillor Dennis Harvey, and Nuneaton's Parliamentary Candidate Vicky Fowler at the Health Summit on the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton
Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health, visited the Dudley Borough Walk-in centre with Dudley MP Ian Austin and Dudley’s Parliamentary Candidate Natasha Millward. They toured the facilities of the clinic and sat down with the clinicians for a discussion.
At the Walk-in Centre Andy Burnham MP said:
"NHS walk-in centres are popular with patients and an important means of relieving pressure on A&E. When hospitals are under so much pressure, it makes no sense to close so many walk-in centres.
“The decision to dismantle them is one of this Government’s worst acts of vandalism and patients are paying the price.”
Whilst in the West Midlands Andy Burnham MP also visited Nuneaton. Whilst in the town he took part in a high level Health summit on the future of the George Eliot Hospital. Taking part in the summit were the Council leaders of North Warwickshire and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Councils, North Warwickshire’s Parliamentary Candidate Mike O’Brien, Nuneaton’s Parliamentary Candidate Vicky Fowler, leading local figures and Trade Union representatives.
The main topic of discussion was the campaign against the privatisation of the George Eliot Hospital. Labour's Shadow Health Secretary offered his full support to the campaign to keep the George Eliot in the NHS.
Speaking after the Summit, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham MP said:
"It was great to meet with activists from across Nuneaton and North Warwickshire to hear about the campaign to keep the George Eliot Hospital in the public NHS. I fully support their campaign.
"Mike O'Brien, Vicky Fowler and the community campaigners are doing hugely important work standing up for the hospital and the services it provides to the local community.
"Across the country the NHS is in turmoil, caused by David Cameron's top-down reorganisation that nobody wanted and no-one voted for. With the George Eliot under threat of privatisation, people in Nuneaton and North Warwickshire are feeling the effects first hand and it is vital that they are fully consulted about its future."