Last week NHS England announced that GP services in Circuit Lane will stay in public control on an interim basis, and not run by a commercial private company for profit. The decision comes in response to a petition set up by Victoria and the local community and signed by over a thousand people to stop privatisation of their local surgery.
However, the danger of NHS privatisation continues to loom large across Reading West.
That's why Victoria Groulef, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Reading West, supports a Bill coming before Parliament to halt NHS privatisation and exempt the NHS from TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).
Reading West's current MP, Conservative Alok Sharma, has the chance to vote for the NHS and against privatisation on Friday 21 November.
Victoria has written directly to him, challenging him to back the private member's bill instead of voting time and again with his Government to plunge the health service into chaos.
Victoria said, "In 2012 Alok Sharma voted for his Government's policy to boost hospitals' earnings from private patients from 2% to 49%. The result has been longer NHS waiting lists, with many millions waiting for treatment. Mr Sharma ran on a manifesto that was not up front about these plans at the last election. Two years on from his vote for sudden and sneaky privatisation, it's time for him to say whether he stands up for his own Government's privatisation agenda or Reading patients' need for a strong NHS."
Labour has said it will repeal the Coalition Government's Health and Social Care Act, which brought in large-scale and rapid privatisation of the NHS if it wins the Election in May 2015.
Victoria said, "If I am elected the next MP for Reading West, I will vote to end the Cameron Government's privatisation. I support The People's NHS community campaign, which is fighting to stop the privatisation of the NHS and have been working on behalf of public health services across Reading, most recently in Southcote with Circuit Lane Surgery."
"I have no hesitation in backing this bill as it makes sure local patients get the care they need. I am deeply concerned that the same can't be said for our current MP. That's why I'm writing ahead of the vote to encourage him to reflect on this important issue and do the right thing for constituents. I hope he makes clear where he stands on the NHS with a vote on Friday which puts a stop to market forces tearing out the heart of our NHS."