After five years of blaming their own Â£20 billion Nicholson Challenge policy, and it local roll out (AKA Shaping a Healthier Future (SaHF)), on the Conservatives we are now starting to hear Labourâ€™s meagre promises on the local NHS system.
First off Ed Miliband came to Ealing on 24th April to address a rally.
When asked about Ealing Hospital he said:
We will obviously review decisions that are being made when we get into Government because I think you have to ask questions about downgrading an A&E at a time when there is an A&E crisis.
Wow! A review. Pathetic. No promise of any substantial change to SaHF. Just a review. Great. We had one of those when the Independent Review Panel looked at it â€“ and they waved it through.
Milibandâ€™s message was underlined only this last Saturday when Shadow Secretary of State of Health, Andy Burnham, came to Ealing.
.@andyburnhammp: I am minded not to proceed with those changes (to west London A&Es). Will demand full clinical review.
— Andy Slaughter (@hammersmithandy) May 2, 2015
According to Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter Burnham said:
I am minded not to proceed with those changes (to west London A&Es). Will demand full clinical review.
So after five years of heaping ordure on the heads of the Conservatives for continuing with the Labour party policy as laid out on page 4:3 of their 2010 manifesto Labourâ€™s big offer to Ealing is a review.
Ealing Central and Acton Labour candidate is even more confused in her leaflets.
She talks about â€œkeep open our remaining hospitalsâ€. Of course no hospitals have closed and none will. Hammersmith lost its A&E but will focus on being a world class cardiac hospital and will take cardiac emergencies. Central Middlesex will focus on elective surgery. The NHS has already promised that Ealing and Charing Cross A&Es will remain as they are for three years after Tory Secretary of State Jeremy Huntâ€™s intervention following representations from Angie Bray.
So Huqâ€™s promise is to “fight” for what the NHS is currently proposing to deliver. Her number 1 pledge is to change nothing.