On 17th August a local Hastings resident and Labour party supporter Erica Smith started a petition to save her local NHS walk-in health centre. Which the local Clinical Commissioning Group are currently considering closing down and advising people to use their already over stretched local A&E.
The petition says ‘The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that provide healthcare in our area have been placed in ‘special financial measures’ – this means they have to find savings of £18m. One of the proposed cuts to save this money is to close the Walk-In Healthcare Centre at Station Plaza. This centre is used by many of the most vulnerable people in our town especially, but also by many others who can’t get on a GP list, because of the GP shortage in Hastings.‘
Ms Smith asked local MP and ex-Home secretary Amber Rudd to sign and support the petition.
But instead Amber Rudd ( who only has a majority of 346 votes) decided (without irony) to start her own petition to save the walk-in centre and to make matters worse, in order to sign her petition constituents must pay a fee of $3 (around £2.64).
Currently the original petition has over 1,600 signatures. Mrs Rudd’s has 99 signatures.
If you would like to sign the ‘free’ petition click on link
THE SUN REVEALS WHAT THE TORIES HAVE PLANNED FOR OUR NHS
In today’s (28/04/17) Sun newspaper editorial, the paper attacked our NHS and in doing so revealed how it would like to see the NHS run, after a possible Theresa May landslide General election victory.
The Sun is owned by Worldwide media billionaire Rupert Murdoch, who owns 3 national newspapers and is currently trying to get full control of UK Sky TV.He has massive power and influence over the Conservative party. Mr Murdoch also helps the Conservative party plant it’s agenda in his flagship newspaper The Sun, read by over 1,666,715m readers.
So today’s editorial comes as no surprise to many from the left. As many people fear that the Tory agenda of destroying our National Health service by running it to the ground, selling it off to the highest bidder and bringing in charges for patients, will become a reality, if Theresa May wins on 8th June.