Mover of NHS motion appeals for support

Pat Smith, mover of the upcoming motion at Labour Party conference on the NHS, appeals in the Guardian for support.

Following the letter from Labour party activists, trade unionists and NHS campaigners (29 September) calling on Labour to take a strong stand on rebuilding the NHS, constituency delegates to conference voted to make the health service their number one priority for discussion this week.

Seventeen motions on the NHS have been submitted and, on Wednesday morning there will be a vote on a clear composite motion calling for repeal of the Tories’ disastrous Health and Social Care Act, reversal of cuts and privatisation, and reorganisation of the NHS as a genuine public service.

As proposer of the motion, I am calling on the party leadership to give this motion their full support and commit publicly to the policies it contains. Millions are looking to the Labour party to take a clear stand in defence of the NHS. We must not let them down.

Pat Smith
Labour conference delegate from Hull North constituency Labour party

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