By George McManus.
It hasn’t even opened yet but Beverley’s new hospital could be privatised under government proposals for the NHS.
Beverley’s new hospital due to open in the Spring may be run by private providers under proposals which have been condemned as reckless by Labour’s Shadow Minster for health Andy Burnham MP. The Tory dominated Select Committee of the House of Commons will this week criticise the proposals.
Speaking today, George McManus, Chairman of Beverley and Holderness Labour Party said, ‘We fought for years to get a new hospital in Beverley and having secured £20m to have it built, we could now see it being transferred wholesale to the private sector. This is not what the people of Beverley and the surrounding area want.’
He went on, ‘The Tories reckless proposals propose that any qualified provider should be allowed to run our hospitals. Local people see this as the thin end of the wedge. Private providers are motivated by profit not service. These proposals should be withdrawn immediately before more damage is done to our NHS. Our new hospital belongs to the people of Beverley not Tesco or The Royal Bank of Scotland.’