Labour will today announce that a future Labour Government will immediately halt the proposed closure of A&Es in England and carry out a full scale review of all proposals.
Having listened to campaigners and concerned patients up and down the country, Jonathan Ashworth, as Labour health secretary will immediately halt the Tories chaotic ‘sustainability and transformation plan’ (STP) programme.
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth, said:
“Labour will put the best interests of patients at the heart of our NHS so today I'm announcing we will halt planned closures to hospitals and other services. We will have a moratorium on the STPs.
“We have listened to the hundreds of patients and campaigners up and down the country that have been pleading with the government to hear their concerns about their local services. Threats of hospitals being closed, A&E services moved miles up the road, and children’s wards being shut, have caused widespread concern and confusion. What is more, these decisions have been decided behind closed doors, with no genuine involvement of local people. It's a disgrace.
“The public deserves better. My first job as Secretary of State will be to review every single STP proposal looking at what's in the interest of quality of patient care.
“We'll ask a new body - NHS Excellence - to lead that review. And patients and local communities will be involved at every stage. Local people should be at the heart of decisions about how care is provided.”