Labour councillor Asma Begum today labelled the Government’s decision to close five GP surgeries in Tower Hamlets a ‘disgrace’. The newly elected councillor and former nurse said the plan would hit tens of thousands of families and shows “how unfit the Conservatives are to run the NHS.”
The comments came after a rally on Saturday which saw residents protest the Government’s threats to close five GP surgeries in the borough. The cuts to the GP funding formula will see 98 GP surgeries across the country closed and countless others given smaller budgets. Despite local MP Jim Fitzpatrick securing a meeting with Conservative Health Minister Lord Howe the situation is yet to be resolved.
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has also pledged his support for the sgeries when he used a visit to the Jubilee Street Practice in May to launch a new NHS campaign advert van highlighting Ed Miliband’s pledge that a Labour Government would guarantee patients an appointment at their local GP within 48 hours.
Speaking after attending the NHS rally Labour’s Health Spokesperson, Cllr Asma Begum, said:
“This weekend’s rally showed the strength of people’s passion for the NHS. The Government’s attempts to close five of our local GP practices, in one of the country’s most deprived areas, is a disgrace and shows how unfit the Conservatives are to run the NHS.
“Tens of thousands of families already face an uncertain time with the Government’s cuts to services hitting them hard. Now they are being told the Tories also want to take their GP practice. This weekend’s rally sent a clear message that enough is enough.”