Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara's Advertiser Column, 2 June 2011

MEN profile The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are now fighting among themselves about their NHS re-organisation. Whilst they argue, patients and their families are left worrying about what will happen and are unable to access the help that they need.
Our Primary Care Trust is to be abolished, causing hundreds of job losses and the loss of experienced staff who have been working on our local health issues. It seems to me that loss of staff is making it harder for the Primary Care Trust to provide the support that our health services need.
One group of people with concerns is those with neuromuscular diseases like Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Other regions of the country have benefited from specialist support for those with neuromuscular disease. Local campaigners have asked Salford Primary Care Trust and other trusts in the North West to make a small investment to prevent the unnecessary hospital admissions that are happening due to gaps in services. But changes in staffing and the turmoil over NHS reform seem to be getting in the way of such decisions being made, leaving patients and their families without the support they need.

Many local people have written telling me of their fears about the Conservative-Led Government’s plans to privatise NHS blood and transplant services. This proposal is worrying and I oppose it. It seems wrong to put such a vital service into the hands of private companies. Many people who make donations would not feel the same about donating to a firm making a profit from blood and organ donations.
The Government must think again about its unnecessary re-organisation of the NHS and about privatising services which should and must remain in the public sector. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats should stop fighting over the NHS and start listening to patients and NHS staff.

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