Log In
Monday 21st May 2018

Hospital campaign launch

20th August 2007

David Cameron is spearheading a campaign to save 29 district hospitals which the Conservative party believes are at risk of closure.


Labour public health minister Dawn Primarolo said the campaign was "misleading" and "dishonest" because it represented a turnaround from the Tories' support of tax cuts for public services, following a recent report.

The Conservative party's response to the report by John Redwood was attacked by Labour, who accused the Tories of "lurching to the right".

Mr Cameron said the future of district hospitals would provide fodder for "a bare-knuckle fight with the government...we want to save them... and we will fight the government all the way."

Mr Cameron went to Worthing Hospital in West Sussex, which could face the closure of some of its key departments. He has also visited Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Mr Cameron said there should be an "immediate moratorium", cuts should be stopped and targets scrapped in order to ensure hospitals could "work together".

A DoH spokesman said the health service's review of 13 trusts did "not mean wholesale closure of district general hospitals".

Mr Cameron told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Britain's problems, including those facing the NHS, would be able to be linked back to Gordon Brown "sitting at his desk in Number 11 Downing St as chancellor".


Share this page


There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!

Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Article Information

Title: Hospital campaign launch
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3806
Date Added: 20th Aug 2007


BBC News

Recent Related Articles

Newcastle Hospitals appoints new chief executive

Hospital chair resigns


Add to scrapbook
Show Comments
Add comment
Find all related articles


Mayden - Innovative cloud-based applications for healthcare
© Mayden Foundation 2018