Oral Questions in Parliament | Delivery of NHS petition from constituents

Posted on: 15th June 2011

Andrew George (St Ives, Liberal Democrat)

I am proud to present a petition of more than 6,000 residents of west Cornwall, which was gathered by my constituents who have been, and remain, justifiably concerned about the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill. They have gathered support for their petition over the past few months, before and since the Government’s “pause and listen” process. They look forward to the formal outcome of that process and hope that the Government will have been encouraged to scrap the Bill and start again. I have also been given a disk copy of a similar petition undertaken by 38 Degrees. That amounts to a total of 300,000 signatures.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of West Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and St Ives, and others,

Declares their opposition to the Health and Social Care Bill currently before Parliament as it will take away their single Cornwall National Health Service and replace it with consortia led by GPs. Further, the Bill will allow the increased involvement of profit-led companies in our health service.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons rejects the Health and Social Care Bill.