Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 12th March 2008.

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Photo of Kali Mountford Kali Mountford Labour, Colne Valley 11:30 am, 12th March 2008

Thanks to the magnificent work of Kirklees primary care trust, health services have been transformed in my area. The shadow Health Minister predicted that accident and emergency would be closed by now. Instead, millions of pounds are being spent in community health and mental health services. Will my right hon. Friend give me an assurance that success will continue to be rewarded and that sound financial management will be continued by the Government?

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Howard Walker
Posted on 13 Mar 2008 12:00 pm (Report this annotation)

I have lived in this same valley for 65 years, but I do not see any improvement in health provision that is remotely connected to the millions allegedly being spent on it.

Anyone can hit a maximum target of 24 hours for an appointment by not taking any appointments more than 23.5 hours in front of the current time. This went on for years and was only stopped when the surgery was in danger of closing.

Supplying inferior statins to diabetics and others on the grounds of cost is another short sighted policy that is being pushed in the local area.

There have been lots of complaints in the last few years in Huddersfield, as the recent large number of protests and demonstrations have shown.

People who are ill will usually put up with indifferent or bad treatment on the basis that any treatment is better than none.

Hitting Government targets allows some doctors to raise their incomes to extraordinary levels. Perhaps government should keep its nose out and leave the health service to the Consultants.

Sarah Willis
Posted on 8 Apr 2008 11:04 am (Report this annotation)

As a Kirklees resident who is related to an NHS Doctor I would appreciate it if my own Labour MP would stand up and fight against what are clearly cuts in services such as the maternity provisions (that have been stretched across to Halifax) under the guise of a "new way" of working. This would be more productive than spending rare opportunities to question the PM on obsequious gloss. When are Labour MPs going to realise that the current managment of the NHS along internal market principles wastes money, lowers staff morale and does more damage than good?