Letter from Liberal Democrat Candidate

Dear Craig Martin,

As a voter in your constituency, I am writing to ask – if you were to be elected at the next general election – whether you would be willing to support inclusion of a Bill in the first Queen’s Speech after the election that would reverse 25 years of marketisation in the National Health Service, abolish the purchaser-provider split, establish Health Boards and other public bodies and fully restore the NHS in England as an accountable public service. I urge you to do so.

The key elements of such a Bill are set out in the cross-party National Health Service Bill presented in the House of Commons by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas on 11th March 2015 and supported by 11 other MPs from the Liberal Democrats, Labour, SNP and Plaid Cymru. The NHS Bill

Reply from Craig Martin
29 April

Thank you very much for getting in touch with me.

It is always a pleasure to hear from those passionate about making Durham and our country a better place.

If you would like to find out more about the Liberal Democrat’s stance on the issue you’re concerned with and many more, please follow the link below: http://www.libdems.org.uk/issues

Hopefully we’ll get the chance to meet during the campaign.

Kind Regards
Craig Martin
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for City of Durham

Further reply 2nd May

Dear Carole,

This automated email gets sent out sometimes to those with genuine questions.

I do not believe the current Health and Social Care Act is perfect and I am concerned about the privatisation of the NHS. This is one of reasons why the Lib Dems wrote into this that any competition within the NHS cannot occur based on cost, only on patient care and outcomes.

We must appreciate the outstanding work everyone that works in NHS has done through this top-down, complicated reorganisation. I’m concerned about introducing any new legislation that would cause any major changes to the NHS. The staff of the NHS are very clear, they do not want any further reorganisation.

Craig Martin
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for City of Durham