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Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: I really do think the Secretary of State has some brass neck. The Tory party voted against the creation of the NHS 20-odd times. That is the reality of what happened in 1948, including on Third Reading in this House. It is a Labour creation.

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, that she will be graciously pleased to give directions that the following papers be provided to the Health and Social Care Committee: written submissions received by Ministers since 8 June 2017 on proposals for reform of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, on the creation of accountable care organisations in the NHS,...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: My hon. Friend makes the point well. I believe about 50 walk-in centres have closed and there are another 50 whose future has been reviewed.

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: I thank my hon. Friend for her contribution. I know that she, as the relatively new Member for Lincoln, will be campaigning for the future of health provision in her constituency. The response of the Prime Minister to those cancelled operations this winter was to shrug her shoulders and say, “Nothing is perfect”, but by the end of the winter reporting 185,000 patients, often...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: My hon. Friend has, with great eloquence, explained why failing to plan properly on the workforce is such a false economy. It means that trusts are spending more and more on locums and expensive agencies. I trust that no Conservative Member will try to pretend in this debate that it is possible to reduce beds, reduce staff, cut social care and fail to invest while patient numbers are...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: My hon. Friend has hit the nail on the head. The problem is that, when the Government allow our national health service to deteriorate by such a scale and push it into this level of crisis, they are essentially forcing people, often reluctant refugees from a public NHS, into self-pay options. That is what happened last time the Conservatives were in government and it is happening again.

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: I will give way to the former health Minister.

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: I am delighted that GPs in Broxtowe have been rated outstanding, but patients in Broxtowe will be concerned that bed occupancy rates at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust are at 94.9%. That is what people in Broxtowe and across the east midlands are concerned about.

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: I know that Councillor Jon Collins of Nottingham City Council is a talented man, but he does not run Nottingham University Hospitals Trust. The people running the health trusts are the chief executives, who have to rely on the budget settlements that the right hon. Lady and her party have been denying—

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: No, I am not giving way again. The right hon. Lady has had two chances; she can contribute to the debate later. We have overcrowded A&Es and—perhaps the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) can listen to this—patients are not even able to get a bed, often lying confused on trollies in corridors. In the last year of the previous Labour Government, 60,000 people were...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: I am grateful to the right hon. Lady for that. I invite her to make another point of order, because Nottinghamshire County Council is closing five care homes.

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: I shall take your guidance, Mr Deputy Speaker. It is always a pleasure to indulge the right hon. Lady, but I have to point out to her that Councillor Cutts of Nottinghamshire County Council is cutting care homes across Nottinghamshire. The record will show that.

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: Given that Mr Deputy Speaker has just castigated me, let me make a little progress. Hopefully, I will be able to take more interventions towards the end of my remarks. Underfunding and lack of capacity have driven more and more—

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: Mr Deputy Speaker has asked me to make a bit of progress, so let me do so. Underfunding and lack of capacity have driven more and more NHS purchasing from the private sector. We have seen beds lost in NHS hospitals, which are then increasingly forced to use the private sector. Spending on elective treatments outsourced to the private sector rose from £241 million in 2015-16 to £381...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: I will make a bit of progress because Mr Deputy Speaker has asked me to do so. I say to the Secretary of State that, if he is prepared to legislate, we will support him because we know that, when things go wrong in the private sector—often these hospitals have no intensive care units—it is the NHS that has to step in and act as a safety net, with patients often being transferred...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: Let me make a bit of progress and then I will try to let others in. If the Secretary of State brings forward legislation, we will work constructively with him. The latest and perhaps most pernicious consequence of underfunding is the move to so-called wholly-owned subsidiaries. Many are saying that this is a VAT scam. Hospital trusts feel that, because of underfunding, they have no option but...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: I am grateful to the former Minister of State. We do miss him during our exchanges at the Dispatch Box. The figures that he has quoted are different from those provided by the Library. The Library says that the percentage of the total budget spent on private providers has gone up by 1% in Wales, but it has gone up by 2% in England in the past year. The Department of Health and Social Care may...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: I do agree. May I reassure my hon. Friend that those Unite and Unison members who are taking industrial action at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh have our support? We stand with them in solidarity. I congratulate her and my hon. Friends the Members for Leigh (Jo Platt) and for Wigan (Lisa Nandy) on the campaign that they have been running. These jobs should not be outsourced to wholly-owned...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Jon Ashworth: I say to the right hon. Gentleman, of whom I am tremendously fond, as he knows, that I agree broadly with the point that he is making. If my memory serves me correctly, he sits for a Sussex constituency and, of course, in Sussex, we had the shambles of a patient transport contract that went to a firm, Coperforma, which did not even own any ambulances and which was leaving patients stranded on...


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