Closing A&Es at local hospitals is the “right thing to do” to improve NHS care, says Labour Minister

Labour’s campaign to save the Whittington accident and emergency was left in tatters it emerged that a top Labour politician said that closing local A&E and maternity departments was “the right thing to do.”

Liberal Democrat candidate Lynne Featherstone has condemned the reported remarks by Labour Health Secretary Andy Burnham, and has said the revelation unmasks local Labour claims that they back the campaign to save the Whittington A&E.

In reality, Mr Burnham’s remarks show that it is Labour that is threatening these vital services.

Lynne Featherstone, who has campaigned tirelessly against the closure for the past six months, comments:

“These comments from the Labour minister in charge of our Health Service unmask the grim reality of Labour’s policies. This is what is threatening our local A&E at the Whittington.

“Local Labour politicians can hide behind a local campaign, just as they did with the closure of our Post Offices. The truth is that Labour cannot be relied on to fight for these vital local services.”