North East MP introduced debate on Health Inequalities in Westminister
(25 January 2012)
Chi Onwurah MP (Newcastle upon Tyne Central - Labour) gave an excellent speech and introduced a debate on health inequalities in Westminster Hall yesterday. Please click here to read the full transcript of this pertinent speech.
The speech focuses on health inequalities in the North East, and in summing up, noted
"The national health service's first Minister of Health, Nye Bevan, famously said that when a bedpan falls to the floor in Tredegar, it should echo in the Palace of Westminster. The Minister of State, Department of Health, the right hon. Member for Chelmsford, quoted that with some amusement and disdain and proclaimed that those days were long gone, so what does this Minister think should echo in Westminster? Does she accept responsibility for reducing health inequalities? Can she assure me that health inequalities between the north-east and the rest of the country will reduce over the term of the present Government?"