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Droitwich MP claims the NHS is in safe hands with the Tories

Droitwich Editorial 4th Sep, 2014 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

DROITWICH MP Sir Peter Luff has rubbished research which a campaign group claims shows four in ten people do not trust the Government to protect the NHS.

Sir Peter spoke to The Standard about the YouGov poll of over 2,000 adults, which was commissioned by 38 Degrees.

The group said the figures showed 42 per cent did not think the Conservatives were protecting health services and almost 20 per cent said that their trust on the issue had dropped in the last year.

Labelling the organisation a ‘left-wing pressure group’ Sir Peter said: “I would urge anyone who is into politics not to follow 38 Degrees.

“They have been wrong in the past and they are wrong this time.

“The important thing is that the NHS remains free at the point of delivery and if you need treatment you will get it.

“And nothing is going to be done to change that.”

He also questioned the way in which the questions were asked to those polled.

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is a proposed agreement between the EU and America.

The Government has been urged to exclude the NHS from the TTIP which could, campaigners say, see parts of the health service outsourced to foreign companies.

But Sir Peter said when the British Government took a decision on the NHS, it did so to create better services.

And he claimed opening up the market would boost jobs and be good for manufacturing in the UK.

Blanche Jones, 38 Degrees’ campaign director, said people were worried about the fate of their GPs and hospitals in light of a treaty which could force trusts across the country to open up to competition from American private healthcare providers.

“Our NHS is being used as a bargaining chip in a deal done behind close doors.

“Most of us only need to take one look at American healthcare to know that that isn’t what we want in this country,” she added.

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