We must keep up the campaign to stop the privatisation of the NHS. Here in Weaver Vale we have seen NHS Warrington and Halton Hospitals Trust publish a price list for certain operations. This comes on top of recent reports that the Urgent Treatment Centre in Runcorn looks set to be run by a provider other than the existing NHS Trust.
I have raised this issue with the health secretary and written to the Secretary of state with my concerns. I have joined Labour colleagues, unions and community campaigners, to raise our objections too. The result is Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has chosen to pause the availability of the My Choice service, which would have seen people being charged for operations.
This is testament to what we can do when we all work together and fight for our NHS.
The next step now is to prevent urgent care services at Halton hospital from being run by a ‘for profit’ private sector operator. This is something I will be continuing to campaign on.