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The NHS is slipping through Tory fingers
Do you remember David Cameron’s pledge at the 2010 General Election?
He promised “the NHS is safe in our hands” and posters claimed “I’ll cut the deficit, not the NHS.”
Yet here we are two years later and we see NHS North Yorkshire and York carrying out £10 million of cuts, which will directly affect front-line services (NHS cuts to save £10m, September 26).
The Tories may have been technically correct when they claimed that they would not cut the budget, but as a result of the unnecessary root and branch restructuring of the NHS, costing hundreds of millions of pounds, we are facing cuts to front line services.
Cuts which the people of York and North Yorkshire will see in their GP surgeries, hospitals and already stretched mental health services.
When Labour left office in 2010 public satisfaction with the NHS was at record levels. I fear that by the next general election in 2015 we will be back to the level of service we saw during the last Tory Government. I doubt the NHS will ever be safe in Conservative hands.
Andrew Collingwood, Main Street, Elvington .
• It seems that when the new system of doctors running our Yorkshire NHS begins, they will be saddled with an enormous debt run up by the present Primary Care Trust.
Should we not be able to expect expect the Coalition to wipe out the debt and give the new management at least a level playing field?
Who will be blamed if they have to make large cuts to eventually balance the books because of inherited debt?
Dennis Barton, Woodthorpe , York.
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