I WOULD like the opportunity to comment on recent letters from paid-up Tory party activists to the Gazette.
It is interesting that a few weeks back I was attacked for saying something I hadn't, now they are attacking me for listening and taking action. I do wonder whether they can co-ordinate what their message really is?
With regards to my Tory opponent's letter about the NHS, perhaps she is confused herself about our parties' policies.
Labour's health secretary Andy Burnham said: "I am proud to say that with Labour, every NHS patient will have guaranteed access to diagnostic tests for cancer and, crucially, their results, within just one week of seeing their doctor.
"If we do this, we know up to 10,000 lives a year could be saved."
When it comes to the Tories, perhaps the words of an Ealing GP I spoke to last week speak more strongly, as he urged me, "Tell people how the NHS has been transformed, I can make next-day referrals to Hammersmith Hospital for chest pains and ultrasounds.
"I'm already able to make sure people can see oncologists within two weeks. The improvements in the NHS have been huge - don't let the Tories fool people they care about the NHS."
The truth is that the Tories had 18 years under which they ran the NHS into the ground, leaving infamous 18-month waiting lists.
Angie Bray knows I lost my
mother at the hands of cancer. I want to be the next MP for Ealing & Acton to make sure the NHS is a priority, not an afterthought. That it is there for people when they need it; as it was for a close family friend who just lost his own mother to cancer; as it has been for myself and my family when we've needed it.
People don't chose cancer and people can't afford to not have the NHS there for them when they need it, which was the Tory past and so easily could be the Tory future.
With every ounce of blood in my body I will fight to ensure the NHS is there for every one of my constituents when they need it.
BASSAM MAHFOUZ Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Ealing & Acton