Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] — Accident and Emergency

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:39 pm on 18th December 2013.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) 2:39 pm, 18th December 2013

It is true. Where were any of the things that are happening to our NHS in the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto? None of them were in their manifesto. They never put them before the electorate.

We want no return to the closure of Lewisham A and E. The closure of Queen Mary’s, Sidcup has had the knock-on effect of overwhelming the other A and Es in south-east London. That is clear for all to see. Those A and Es are under serious pressure. It is clear that there is no slack in the system to pick up the additional burden from that closure. We must have a guarantee from the Government that they will not impose the closure of another A and E on the people of south-east London. I would like to hear that from the Minister when he sums up.