More than 100 Labour Party activists from across London have launched a new campaign group to protect NHS services in the capital.
The London Labour Health Network was officially launched at the House of Commons by Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary
Andy Burnham told campaigners: “David Cameron has left A&E on the brink of a serious crisis. He has ignored repeated warnings and presided over the first summer crisis in the NHS in living memory.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen thousands more patients kept waiting on trolleys and major A&E’s in London and across the country failing to meet the four hour A&E target for 41 of the 52 weeks.
“Nearly a million people have had to wait more than 4 hours for treatment in A&E.
“This is further proof you can't trust David Cameron with the NHS. That’s why I welcome this new group to stand up for the NHS in London which we all cherish.
Sadiq Khan, Labour’s Shadow Minister for London and MP for Tooting said:
“NHS services are under threat across London like never before.
“Londoners have shown that people-power can make a difference – thousands have already marched to protect their services and we’ve witnessed the Tory Health Secretary forced by the courts into a humiliating u-turn over his plans to cut services at Lewisham Hospital.
“But A&E’s and other vital services across the capital are still being threatened with closure which is why we need to stand up and fight to defend the NHS in London.”
“Labour will re-establish One NHS for London, where services are properly planned, and patients and clinicians can be sure of their future.
Linda Perks, Vice Chair of London Labour Party and Regional Secretary for UNISON said:
“Londoners are massively worried about what’s happening to their local NHS under David Cameron with A & E departments closing, nurses seriously overstretched, increased waiting times, plans to bring private companies in to make profit out of the sick and the frail – the list is endless, and the evidence is there for all to see that the NHS is not safe in the hands of David Cameron and the Tory-LibDem Coalition.
“In contrast, Labour is standing up a strong health service in London with quality services free at the point of need, and clinical judgement, relief from pain and health prevention being paramount – not profit and greed.
“We need to end to the injustice where life expectancy in East London is 17 years short of that in the west of the capital by restoring the NHS to one which Londoners can be proud of once more.