Hospital campaign launch20th 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".
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Title: Hospital campaign launch
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3806
Date Added: 20th Aug 2007