Canterbury District Green Party

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

NHS Privatisation in Whitstable

On the week of the NHS's 66th birthday Whitstable Green, Alex Stevens, has written in criticism of increased privatisation of the NHS with the proposed move of outpatients services to the privately run Estuary View Medical Centre.

Unlike Labour, Lib Dems and the Tories, the Green Party are committed to the NHS that is publicly owned, funded and run.

Letter to the Whitstable Times and the Whitstable Gazette:

Dear Editor

What are our public services for: to work for the pubic, or to make profits for private shareholders? The NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group wants to move outpatient services to the Estuary View Medical Centre. Estuary View is owned by a private company. Moving services there will take more money out of the public NHS. It will also make it harder for many people to use health services, as the bus links there are notoriously bad. The answer proposed is to provide yet more public subsidy to the privatised Stagecoach bus service. Our public NHS is the best health service in the world. We don't want privatisation to ruin it.

Alex Stevens
Whitstable Green Party