Facts key in health service campaign

IT is vital, when we are campaigning to protect and improve our health service - as you reported on in last week’s paper - that we have our facts exactly right.

This is especially true in respect of the Coalition’s Health and Social Care Bill, which now has thousands of amendments and which, if I had been the MP for Hastings and Rye, I would not have voted for on Wednesday.

While I am glad my fellow healthcare professional Jonathan Lee was out campaigning last week, he is totally wrong to suggest that the new Bill is going to change the basic principle of the NHS being free at the point of delivery.

It will continue to be free at the point of delivery, and thanks to Lib Dem MPs, the role of the private sector has been limited.

There are still problems with this ‘top-down reorganisation’, which Shirley Williams and colleagues in my party are working to correct, but people should be reassured that the NHS will remain free at the point of delivery.

NICK PERRY

Parliamentary spokesman

Hastings and Rye Lib Dems