Katy Clark MP

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Katy has criticised the SNP for suggesting that the NHS in Scotland is under threat and that only a Yes vote will save it.

First Minister Alex Salmond raised the issue in his final referendum debate with Alastair Darling MP, and the scare story has been widely repeated since. 

Responding to the SNP claims, Katy said: 

“If there were even the remotest chance of the NHS being privatised the Yes campaign would have been shouting about it for the last two years – not desperately scaremongering in the last two weeks. 

“The NHS in Scotland is not under threat of privatisation: "...we have exclusive 100 per cent control over its future in Scotland. That is what we have as a consequence of devolution; we have control to decide what type of national health service we want, what direction we want it to take and what reforms we want it to undertake.  Those aren’t my words – that’s what the SNP’s John Swinney told the Scottish Parliament on the 30th of April.  And presumably that’s why SNP MPs didn’t turn up to vote against the legislation that is driving the privatisation in England and Wales.  

“NHS funding in Scotland isn’t affected at all by privatisation in England – the Scottish Government decides how much of the money in its budget it spends on Health. Even the Barnett Formula related amount of money that goes to the Scottish Government isn’t impacted – that’s based on how much is spent on Health in England , not who spends it. In fact privatisation has cost money not saved it – so the Scottish Government has actually got more, not less money as people in England have seen services turned over to  contractors.  

“Cuts to the overall Scottish Government budget might impact on our NHS – but that would be a political choice  by the Scottish Government – who lets remember have ruled out using any of their own fundraising powers, and will receive more after the referendum. 

“Labour has already committed to reversing the Tory’s Health and Social Care Act which is driving this process in England and Wales.   This means that the areas of the English and Welsh Health Service that have been privatised will be taken back in to public ownership.  Labour is the only party with a track record of improving and protecting the NHS. 

“This scare story has only appeared recently and it is obvious why.  The Yes camp have no answers on the currency, and are resorting to absurd scare stories to frighten people into a yes vote.  I’m with UNISON who say, “From Wick to Weymouth our health service belongs to all of us. We all have a duty to stand up and tell the Tories that we won't see it run down or sold off.” 

“It is clear that the only way to secure the continued funding and level of integrated, shared health resources is to Vote No.”

Katy attacks SNP scare stories on NHS

Katy has criticised the SNP for suggesting that the NHS in Scotland is under threat and that only a Yes vote will save it.

In the latest round of funding bids from the Big Lottery Fund 2014 Communities, two local groups have benefited.  Ardrossan Castle Rovers AFC have been awarded £1373 and North Ayrshire Athletics Club gets £2000.  Katy was one of the first to write to congratulate the groups on their success on going the funding from the lottery.  

Ardrossan Castle rovers AFC are a local amateur football team. They plan to use the money to improve fitness and conditioning coaching sessions in the team plus purchase some new equipment. The North Ayrshire Athletics Club will use the money for equipment and coaching qualifications at the Easter and summer athletics club.  

Katy said, “These grants allow more people to take part in sport and develop local skills. I send my warmest congratulations to both groups.”

Katy Welcomes Charity Funding

In the latest round of funding bids from the Big Lottery Fund 2014 Communities, two local groups have benefited.  Ardrossan Castle Rovers AFC have been awarded £1373 and North Ayrshire...

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and USA is being negotiated throughout 2014. The details of the deal are secret but there are concerns that a key consequence of the deal would remove regulation which currently protects people, public services and the environment. Under TTIP, public services are at risk and could be sold off forever.  Katy has previously raised concerns about this treaty, and has written to Prime Minister David Cameron calling on him to take action.  Katy said:

“I have written to David Cameron urging him to stand up for the public services.  TTIP would let companies sue if national governments pass laws that hurt profits. This is bad news for our existing public services such as the NHS, or other services that we may wish to take back in to public ownership such as the railways. This is because private companies already run certain services, but under the new plans the government would never be allowed to run these services again as doing so would hurt the profits of the companies involved. 

“The Prime Minster can act in our country’s interest. France has already won the right to carry on supporting its film industry and the US has blocked any deal on its finance sector. If the leaders of these countries can protect what’s important to them, then David Cameron can do the same for Britain.  It is only by the government taking a firm stance will we ensure that we retain a public services are guaranteed for future generations.” 

Katy writes to Prime Minster over TTIP Concerns

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and USA is being negotiated throughout 2014. The details of the deal are secret but there are concerns that a...


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