As a passionate Labour Party member one of the first things I did was update my details so as to attend and participate in my new Constituency Labour Party. I am lucky to move to a place where we have a current Labour MP, Valarie Vaz presently the Shadow Leader of the Commons, a privilege not shared by all. Possibly the issue I am most passionate about is the NHS, specifically how the Tories and especially this current government is dismantling it piece by piece where we may one day be in a position where we don’t recognise it. So when the Labour Party adopted a national day of campaigning to #CareForTheNHS, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
I do not intend on being dramatic or scaring you into action but this is the truth of what the NHS faces and if we will not fight for our rights ourselves why should others champion their lives to serve us. Whilst the Tories trivialise the current situation by releasing stories that some aspects of the media eat up as it extols the belief that our current situation is not of our own doing but rather to be blamed on those that are different: foreigners. Take a look at the recent story, which talks about how patients could be forced to show their passports before receiving free treatment .The very idea is ludicrous in itself that I would look at my patients’ ability to pay before commencing treatment. Now I accept those for whom the NHS is not free should be made to pay but not at the cost of our humanity and though I can speak for only myself and not all doctors, if the government thinks they can force doctors to do this they have another thing coming. Again if we look at the cold hard facts of the issue, health tourism costs the NHS about 250 million in unremunerated payments whilst being a significant amount, is in no way going to solve the staggering deficit we currently face. Let us also not forget the millions of British Citizens who do currently have a passport who would suffer and could lose out on treatment.
The NHS is as important to British Culture as the next thing if not more and I would like to take this moment to thank each and every person who gives it their very best each day in the face of extreme difficulties to ensure each and every patient receives the best care possible. I would also like to thank all those who came out today in Walsall especially our own MP Valerie Vaz who came out personally to emphasise how important the NHS is and those all over the country who took the time out to campaign to save the NHS, a fundamental value of Labour’s Great Britain. So I urge you my fellow citizens to not allow the NHS to be forgotten and for it to be given the importance it deserves. I urge you #CareForOurNHS and #SaveOurNHS