Angie Bray MP has shocked local residents by voting against a Bill to prevent the privatisation of the NHS. This comes in the week that her constituency hospitals' waiting time crisis prompts an independent investigation.
Angie Bray was one of just 18 MPs who voted against Labour MP Clive Efford's Private Member's Bill, which aims to reverse David Cameron’s Health and Social Care Act. The Act sets out plans to further privatise the NHS.
Hundreds of coalition MPs ignored the quarter of a million strong petition from 38 Degrees to back the bill, by not turning up to vote on Friday. 241 MPs showed their support for halting privatisation by voting yes to the Bill. However our local MP was one of just 18 who unfathomably voted against it.
Angie Bray was challenged to support the Bill in an open letter from Rupa, which said:
“This is nothing if not a slap in the face for all those concerned Ealing Central and Acton residents who are worried about the direction that our Health Service is going in. Angie Bray and her Tory colleagues would rather sell off NHS contracts to their millionaire donor pals than have it free at the point of demand. But the fight is not over yet.”
Just last week an independent investigation was ordered into the soaring A&E delays in North-West London. NHS England has been called in to investigate whether Northwick Park and Ealing Hospital have recorded the worst waiting times in the country, because of the closure of A&Es at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex.
A further two local A&Es are scheduled to be shut down in 2015. Waiting times in North-West London NHS Trust hospitals are the worst in the country and last minute cancellation of operations have risen by 120%.
“The Tories were warned that the closures of Hammersmith and Central Middlesex A&Es would have a devastating impact on patient care - an independent investigation is of course welcome. The crisis in our local A&Es is worsening every week. With winter approaching, families in Ealing need assurance that someone is finally getting a grip.
“The Tories and Angie Bray have been woefully complacent, and patients aren’t getting the care they deserve.”
Clive Efford’s Bill now goes to a committee of MPs, there will be a third reading in Parliament and then it will go to the Lords for approval.