MP vows to protect NHS as campaign is launched

South Ribble MP Lorraine Fullbrook
South Ribble MP Lorraine Fullbrook

South Ribble’s MP has hit back at claims that she is ‘putting profits before people’.

In last week’s Guardian, Labour’s parliamentary candidate Veronica Bennett called on Lorraine Fullbrook to support a campaign to help save the NHS from privatisation.

A petition was signed by hundreds of people across Leyland and now, Mrs Fullbrook has accused the Labour party of ‘scaremongering’.

“I am disappointed that Labour is putting politics before patients, and it is important that local people know the facts,” she said.

“Indeed, greater competition in the NHS was introduced by the previous Labour Government.

“The NHS is something to be valued and protected. This government has reduced bureaucracy to pay for thousands more doctors and nurses, who are treating patients in safer hospitals.

“And because we have taken difficult decisions elsewhere on public spending, we have been able to protect spending on the NHS.

“Charities, social enterprises and other providers, such as Macmillan nurses, continue to play an important role for the NHS, as they have done so for many years.

“And we have put local doctors in charge of deciding who can provide the best care for their patients.”

She added: “Scaremongering about the future of the NHS by the Labour candidate from Blundellsands is irresponsible. People in South Ribble should be reassured we are committed to an NHS that is free at the point of use.

“Local people should be confident that when they or their loved ones need it, our NHS will be there for them, offering only the highest standards of care.”