This week the NHS celebrates it’s 66th birthday. The NHS is Labour’s proudest achievement and for 66 years the our healthcare system has provided excellent care, free at the point of need and delivered by a workforce that shows amazing dedication and resilience in increasingly challenging times.
It was July 5th 1948 that the NHS in Britain officially began delivering health services to the British public. Landmark developments since include the introduction of prescription charges in 1952, the first heart transplant in 1968, the introduction of MRI scans in 1980 and the first successful gene therapy for 18-month-old Rhys Evans in 2002.
Within one year of the NHS being founded it had welcomed 967,091 into the world. I was the 23,464,383rd baby born on the NHS. Find out which number baby you were by clicking here
I have marked the occasion by meeting with local councillors and staff from PAH this week with a campaign session organised by the Labour Party to highlight cuts to local health services such as the potential loss of two GP Surgeries in Essex.
As the NHS celebrates its birthday this week Labour have put forward a private member's bill to parliament spelling out how Labour would repeal the Health and Social Care Act and rewrite the rules that force market tendering of NHS services. I am calling on Harlow’s Tory MP to support this and scrap the disastrous Health and Social Care Act, saving the NHS and local health services.
The NHS was set up by the post-war Labour government to put patients before profits. Harlow’s Tory MP has betrayed the people who voted for him in 2010 by working to privatise our NHS. Harlow Tory MP's support for the Health and Social Care Act has bogged the NHS down in competition law. He has helped create a free for all for lawyers and private healthcare companies at the expense of patients.
Halfon will go down as the MP for Harlow who put the NHS up for sale without first seeking the permission of his constituents. But Mr Halfon can make amends by backing the bill to repeal the Health and Social Care Act and restore the right values at the heart of the NHS: collaboration over competition, people before profits.