CANNOCK MP Aidan Burley has taken his row with two local politicians to the top demanding Labour Ministers talk to them during a House of Commons debate.
Mr Burley called on Andy Burnham MP to speak with leader of Cannock Chase District Council George Adamson and Labour Party parliamentary candidate for Cannock Chase Janos Toth ‘to stop them needlessly scaremongering local people about false privatisation plans for Cannock Hospital’.
His comments come on the back of the petition launched jointly by the two Labour Party politicians which Councillor Adamson said was aimed at protecting the hospital from becoming a ‘victim of Tory privatisation plans’.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Burley said: “There are no plans in the Monitor report to privatise Cannock Hospital, so I want to know where the local Labour party is getting its information from.
“In fact, as a result of the foundation trust status, private providers are already operating in Cannock Hospital,” he said. “I note that there were no protests from Labour councillors when private health facilities were introduced into Cannock Hospital.”
Mr Burley said in the interests of accountability and transparency, Labour ministers should call on Councillor Adamson and Mr Toth to stop ‘scaremongering among local people for political ends’.
He said: “They cannot fight privatisation if there are no plans to privatise anything.
“They cannot start a petition to save Cannock Chase Hospital if the Monitor report suggests making it a centre of excellence for orthopaedic elective surgery in the West Midlands.”