Harry Leslie Smith on why your CLP should send this NHS resolution to the Labour Party conference

Harry Leslie Smith [Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images].

Harry Leslie Smith [Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images].

Author and campaigner Harry Leslie Smith, who famously spoke about the roots of the NHS and the importance of defending it at Labour Party conference 2014 (see the video here), is backing the resolution to this year’s conference being circulated by Labour NHS activists. Harry says:“I was born almost a hundred years ago, so I remember Britain before the NHS. It was a time when working families like mine couldn’t afford a doctor or medicine because they were luxuries. My sister died of tuberculosis in a workhouse infirmary. During my childhood in the 1920s and 30s tens of thousands of children didn’t reach adulthood because their families could not afford either a doctor or the medicine needed to keep them healthy and alive.

“It is time we all remember that if the NHS is not protected from privatisation we will return to the barbarous era when healthcare was a privilege, not a right. That is why I endorse this resolution to Labour Party conference and call for you to submit it from your CLP.”

Source: Harry Leslie Smith on why your CLP should send this NHS resolution to Labour Party conference | Momentum NHS: campaigning for Labour to stand up and fight for our health service

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2 thoughts on “Harry Leslie Smith on why your CLP should send this NHS resolution to the Labour Party conference

  1. Dez

    The dentistry fiasco is a good example of how privatisation has reduced the number of folk obtaining dentistry treatment because even with reduced costs for NHS Patients even these costs are a challenge for the not so well off. Even fillings for NHS child patients are still using mercury fillings instead of
    safer materials which can increase the cost to £90 per filling to an NHS patient. It will certainly take us back to the dark ages…which must be what the Cons
    want.

  2. NMac

    In the early 1900s my grandmother’s only brother died of appendicitis because the family couldn’t afford a doctor. Young people should be reminded time and time again of those awful times.

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