Last month, real influence by local people over Suffolk NHS services was taken away from them.
Clause 119 – otherwise known as the “hospital closure clause” – passed a crucial vote in the House of Commons.
Clause 119 is not about improving patient services, it is about money. It will result in a fast-track administration and closure process being applied to hospitals even if they are themselves well-run and not in difficulty.
Clause 119 appears to be a Government response to the humiliating legal defeat it suffered when Jeremy Hunt meddled in Lewisham A&E and maternity decisions.
Disappointingly, all of Suffolk’s MPs, including Tim Yeo, voted for it, supported by their Liberal Democrat colleagues.
This clause flies in the face of localism and puts local NHS services in jeopardy.
Labour Parliamentary Candidate
High Street, Hadleigh