Monday, 5 September 2011

An encounter with Crhris Bryant MP

On the 2nd of September Chris Bryant (MP for the Rhondda) was in Tonypandy handing out leaflets on the police cuts. One of his councillors handed me one of these leaflets and I looked on the back of it and noticed it was labour. I turned back around and saw Chris Bryant; I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to confront him about the cuts that have been brutally taking place on the NHS especially in the mental health department. After all, his party (Labour)  voted to cut the NHS budget in Wales!

I told him about my mother’s situation saying that she has had 3 appointments cancelled on her by the mental health clinic and that she has to wait until January for an appointment and that I didn’tt think this is fair on people with mental health illnesses when the government are making all these cuts.

 When I told him this his reply was that they are not making any cuts on the health board and no cuts have been made on the NHS. I asked if they can explain why they are then closing St Tydfil’s psychiatric hospital and cutting out 9 beds at the Royal Glamorgan psychiatric unit and turning people away. I also said that my mum went to a general mental health board meeting in Ystrad sport and leisure centre, and they even said the government was making cuts even the secretary at the mental health clinic said you (labour party/ Welsh government) were making cuts so he cannot be say that he has no responsibilty when his party are the ones implementing these cuts and instead of fighting against them, he denies it is happening!

I asked why it is that the two general hospitals in the area (Royal Glamorgan and Prince Charles) will be merged into one hospital, effectively closing a whole hospital and why it is that the Health Board have announced £100m worth of cuts, if they aren’t making any cuts? Needless to say Chris Bryant was unable to answer these points.

Once he saw us setting up our Socialist Party stall on the cuts to the health service in the area he soon packed up and left he tried to fob me off by saying there was no cuts but with the experience that we encountered with Chris Bryant and the Westminster in my opinion I think he is a liar and a disgrace to say that this wasn’t the case.

by Elizabeth Saint

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