Friday, 22 May 2009

Laura Sandys - gets Tory health policy wrong 30,000 times!

Stephen Ladyman Press Release

Laura Sandys - gets Tory health policy wrong 30,000 times!South Thanet Conservative candidate, Laura Sandys, and North Thanet MP Roger Gale are blushing tonight after it turns out they got their own Party's health policy wrong! Ms Sandys boasted in local newspapers of having delivered 30,000 leaflets attacking Government plans to create polyclinics and saying they would 'break the link with family doctors' - days after Tory front bench health spokesman Mark Simmonds announced that the Tories now accepted this was not the case and pledged that the Tories would not block the roll out of polyclinics. Roger Gale, the MP for North Thanet, also attacked plans for polyclinics in an article in a Thanet newspaper and threw his support behind Ms Sandys unfortunate leaflet.South Thanet MP, Stephen Ladyman, said: "This Tory leaflet was based on a fantasy. The government had long made it clear that people who visit a polyclinic would do so by choice, usually because the opening hours or location suited their working life, and they would remain registered with their own local GP." "The Tories distributed it knowing it was wrong because they hoped to exploit vulnerable, elderly and sick people who rightly value their relationship with their own GP and frighten them into voting Tory. It was a shameful exercise that has been shown up by the Tory fron bench announcement that they now support the polyclinic idea!"Note to editors:The Tory announcement was made in an interview with Pulse magazine and can be read Stephen Ladyman MP01843 852696

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