Lyn Brown

Member of Parliament for West Ham

NHS and the Risk Register - March 2012

Like everyone in Newham, I rely on the NHS to look after me when I’m poorly and patch me up, when I need it.


A year ago I fell and broke my elbow.  The care I received was fantastic.  Paramedics, nurses, doctors and surgeons made me feel safe and looked after.

I’m fighting fit again now, but, like hundreds of you who contact me about the Government’s plans for the NHS, I am deeply concerned for the health and longevity of our NHS.

It is an extraordinary time.  As the arguments in Parliament continue, Clegg flip-flops between supporting and opposing the Health Bill.  In a time of financial cuts, a relentless top down re-organisation is already triggering years of upheaval, a reorganisation no one voted for, and which Parliament is yet to approve.

And whilst the Government implement their privatisation of the NHS, they are determined to suppress knowledge of the real risks.

The Information Commissioner ruled that the Government should publish a document telling us all about the risks posed to our health service by these reforms.  The Government refuse so to do.

No wonder people are losing trust in this Government.

We do have a regional risk report, however, which offers glimpses of the damage this re-organisation is doing.  It is a worrying read.

NHS London lists 18 areas of risk.  They say women could be exposed to unsafe, possibly harmful services; improvement plans may not be fully realised, or delayed, and abolition of PCTs may neither secure the best health outcomes nor maximise value-for-money.

The NHS is not safe in these Tory hands.

The Government should drop the Health Bill.  It is a true test for Cameron.  Is he too arrogant and out-of-touch to listen to the concerns of the public and the vast majority of health professionals?

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