Attending Ipswich & District Trades Union Council's May Day Festival yesterday, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham put the future of the NHS to the forefront of Labour's election campaign.
Andy Burnham reminded his audience of Nye Bevan's words that “The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it" and called on Ipswich people to fight for the survival of the NHS by securing David Ellesmere's election as Ipswich MP on Thursday.
Andy pledged that a Labour government would exempt the NHS from TTIP (The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) which puts our National Health Service at risk to predatory action from US owned companies.
He paid tribute to staff at Ipswich Hospital for the "good" rating of the Hospital and "outstanding" rating for A&E services, but warned that financial problems - the Hospital has a £12million deficit - could put future services in jeopardy.
“The rating from the CQC is a great tribute to the work of the staff at the hospital, but with a substantial deficit there are real problems there.
“Hiring staff from the private sector is a major cost to hospitals like Ipswich – that is why we are planning to recruit 20,000 extra nurses.
“The NHS needs money now. Where is this £8bn coming from in 2020? It is just an IOU from the Conservatives.”
Andy Burnham joined David Ellesmere and Richard Howitt MEP meeting Festival goers including health service workers at May Day.
Elect David Ellesmere on Thursday as part of a Labour government which will defend and improve the NHS.