LONDON’S Green MEP Jean Lambert has called on the Government to protect London’s NHS from budget cuts and privatization of services at a 7,000-strong ‘Defend London’s NHS’ rally in the centre of the capital.
The London MEP made her comments as it was revealed that nine A&E wards – as well as maternity services and thousands of hospital beds – are facing closure in the capital as hospital trusts struggle to balance the books.
Ms Lambert said: “This Government promised to defend the NHS – but the reforms it has introduced have done exactly the opposite.
“Greens believe in an adequately-funded publicly-provided NHS, run in the interests of people – not profits – and I was delighted to see so many Green Party supporters at Saturday’s rally.
“But this isn’t just a London issue – and I hope the ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ coalition organises a national demonstration soon, both to increase awareness of the Government’s health cuts and reforms and to ramp up the pressure on Health Minister Jeremy Hunt to ensure local services aren’t sacrificed for short-term financial gains.”