Not a record to be proud of

Privatise the NHS was the clear message that came over from your letters page (Berwick Advertiser, August 25), a system that in the USA results in 12 per cent of all health funds being lost in bureaucracy and profits for health insurance firms.

Monday, 5th September 2016, 8:00 am

I believe the cause of the delay in giving us a new Berwick Infirmary is the £3billion that the Tories spent on NHS reorganisation.

I consider that the greatest pain was caused by the abolition of geographically-based primary care trusts that enabled seamless working between adult care services and the NHS, to be replaced by different agencies.

Now we learn that the NHS has contingency plans to close hospitals across the country to ‘save’ £20billion. That is David Cameron’s legacy to Theresa May.

Having dealt with the NHS, let’s now look at the Tories’ record on education.

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With £1.5billion given to ‘free schools’, and a further £1.3billion being the cost of replacing local accountability with centralised state control of academies, the results are now in – both A-level and GCSE pass rates have dropped.

It is time to take back local control of our kids’ education.

Under Labour, the UK economy grew by an average of 2.6 per cent per annum, and that includes the banking crisis years of 2009-2010.

The coalition Government inherited a UK economy coming strongly out of recession, with falling unemployment, but it snuffed out that recovery with a programme of austerity, with UK national debt now standing at 91 per cent of GDP.

Now I believe the Tories have harmed the British economy with Brexit. If you do not believe that then see how many Euros you can now get for £1.

Ask yourselves seriously, can we afford another Conservative or Lib Dem Government?

Eric Goodyer

Church Street

Berwick-upon-Tweed