Let’s slow it down

I AM writing to you as there has been understandably very significant concerns been raised about the coalition government’s proposed NHS reforms, not least by medical professionals and many others across the country and here in Worthing.

I am very proud that Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats have done what local people would expect of a responsible government – listened and acted.

We have long argued the NHS is in need of reform, but we can change such an important national institution only if we have the confidence of the people and the professionals to do so.

The Liberal Democrats raised major concerns at our spring conference in March and Nick Clegg and his colleagues have argued in government for significant changes to the plans.

In particular, we want to ensure there is no privatisation of the NHS and no special favours for the private sector. We want a level playing field, not a race to the bottom.

We want to make sure the pace of change is slowed down to ensure reforms are not rushed into, and to ensure the NHS is properly accountable, both nationally and locally.

I remain confident that this government will make these necessary changes.

Councillor Bob Smytherman

shadow cabinet member for health, safety and well-being

Worthing Borough Council

The Strand