County health chief challenges Pendle MP on NHS

Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali

First published in News

HEALTH chief Azhar Ali has challenged Pendle’s MP to a public debate on the NHS.

But Conservative Andrew Stephenson said he would only consider taking part when the Labour councillor apologises for ‘the damage his party did’ to the health service.

Coun Ali, who is cabinet member for health at Lancashire County Council and the Labour parliamentary candidate for Pendle, suggested the debate while defending his record on the NHS, following some criticism in the press.

He said: “I would challenge Mr Stephenson to a public debate.

“I am proud of the work I did in the NHS primarily as a non-executive director and then chairman of Burnley NHS Trust (and) when the new leadership of the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust decided to close the A&E at Burnley I led the campaign in Pendle against the closures.”

But Mr Stephenson pointed out that Burnley’s A&E ward was closed under a Labour government and added: “I find it regrettable that Coun Ali prefers make personal attacks, rather than welcome the improvements we are seeing in our local NHS.”

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7:19pm Mon 1 Sep 14

glossopkid says...

Come on our "MP" have some courage and rise to this challenge.
Come on our "MP" have some courage and rise to this challenge. glossopkid
  • Score: 1

12:00am Tue 2 Sep 14

retsofad says...

Who does Azhar Ali think he is. It was him who sold our health service down the river. it was his labour government who cut services for A&E at Burnley when sitting next to Tony Blair in Number 10 as a consultant. It no good trying to shut the stable door once the horse has bolted. he was not the only person who tried to change the minds of the NHS boffin's who had their heads in the Labour glue pot many residents in Burnley and Pendle voiced their opinion on what would happen with then these services was withdrawn Azhar Ali should hang his head in shame not try to belittle the present MP for his Labour parties blundering mistakes
Who does Azhar Ali think he is. It was him who sold our health service down the river. it was his labour government who cut services for A&E at Burnley when sitting next to Tony Blair in Number 10 as a consultant. It no good trying to shut the stable door once the horse has bolted. he was not the only person who tried to change the minds of the NHS boffin's who had their heads in the Labour glue pot many residents in Burnley and Pendle voiced their opinion on what would happen with then these services was withdrawn Azhar Ali should hang his head in shame not try to belittle the present MP for his Labour parties blundering mistakes retsofad
  • Score: 6

12:06pm Tue 2 Sep 14

justaworkinlad says...

Proud of his work as Chairman of Burnley NHS Trust. Say's it all.
Proud of his work as Chairman of Burnley NHS Trust. Say's it all. justaworkinlad
  • Score: 0

7:59pm Tue 2 Sep 14

coates warder says...

mr ali no chance of voting for this clown .trying to blame everyone else except himself and his party for the shambles of a a&e dept. well whats left of it . he must have more front than blackpool to stand as an MP. shameless thats all i can say. dont bother knocking on my door pal.
mr ali no chance of voting for this clown .trying to blame everyone else except himself and his party for the shambles of a a&e dept. well whats left of it . he must have more front than blackpool to stand as an MP. shameless thats all i can say. dont bother knocking on my door pal. coates warder
  • Score: 4

2:40am Wed 3 Sep 14

jenkinsroy says...

WELL COME ON ANDREW.

HEALTH chief Azhar Ali has challenged Pendle’s MP
What have you got to lose or are you not up to it all we see is your
Picture at the side of things over people are doing?
So this will give you a chance to prove you are up to the job?
After all are you not talking to the health minister NOW ABOUT?
The night you had to wait nearly 2 hour for an ambulance out the
Municipal hall here in COLNE P.S. HOW FAR HAVE YOU GOT NOW
WITH THE HEALTH MINISTER ON THIS MATTER ANDREW?
So come on take the challenge that MR AZHAR HAS PUT TO YOU.
You can then tell us about what the health minister is doing about us here having to wait a long time for an ambulance.
See your party as started to privet ties our N.H.S. AND THIS TRUE
Not labour your party. And it is wrong and you know it.
This government are only poisoning the well now for whichever party get in in 2015 because it WILL NOT BE YOUR PARTY IN POWER.
I suppose you could always go to UKIP for a job or are you still
Going on the board of the car firm still?
Come on take the man up and let’s see your replay to all of his questions about you and the N.H.S.
WELL COME ON ANDREW. HEALTH chief Azhar Ali has challenged Pendle’s MP What have you got to lose or are you not up to it all we see is your Picture at the side of things over people are doing? So this will give you a chance to prove you are up to the job? After all are you not talking to the health minister NOW ABOUT? The night you had to wait nearly 2 hour for an ambulance out the Municipal hall here in COLNE P.S. HOW FAR HAVE YOU GOT NOW WITH THE HEALTH MINISTER ON THIS MATTER ANDREW? So come on take the challenge that MR AZHAR HAS PUT TO YOU. You can then tell us about what the health minister is doing about us here having to wait a long time for an ambulance. See your party as started to privet ties our N.H.S. AND THIS TRUE Not labour your party. And it is wrong and you know it. This government are only poisoning the well now for whichever party get in in 2015 because it WILL NOT BE YOUR PARTY IN POWER. I suppose you could always go to UKIP for a job or are you still Going on the board of the car firm still? Come on take the man up and let’s see your replay to all of his questions about you and the N.H.S. jenkinsroy
  • Score: -2

4:47pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Neil121 says...

Is this the same Azhar Ali ...Who has saved Pendle community hospital, Who pretended to sort out the location of the new St Paul's School and the same Azhar Ali said he would sort out the shops in Nelson Town centre, and also said he would tackle empty homes in Pendle in the Leader times 9th March 2012, and finally but not least Who was deeply involved in the housing renewal programme introduced by the last Labour government and as a result became a special advisor to both John Prescott and Hazel blears, which of course meant he dumped Pendle to pursue a more lucrative career in London.
The same person whose Labour Party oversaw the reorganisation of our hospitals that he was Chairman of, with the result that more services are now inconveniently provided miles away in Blackburn.
If So I find it laughable that Azhar Ali even thinks he is up to the job of MP when he can't even perform the task he was elected to do as county councillor, when him his self spends more time claiming other peoples hard work and passing it off as his own. Azhar Ali and his party of misfits are only good for one thing and one thing only that is pointing out problems and blaming other people for them, himself and his party only become a part of the problem never a part of the solution.
Is this the same Azhar Ali ...Who has saved Pendle community hospital, Who pretended to sort out the location of the new St Paul's School and the same Azhar Ali said he would sort out the shops in Nelson Town centre, and also said he would tackle empty homes in Pendle in the Leader times 9th March 2012, and finally but not least Who was deeply involved in the housing renewal programme introduced by the last Labour government and as a result became a special advisor to both John Prescott and Hazel blears, which of course meant he dumped Pendle to pursue a more lucrative career in London. The same person whose Labour Party oversaw the reorganisation of our hospitals that he was Chairman of, with the result that more services are now inconveniently provided miles away in Blackburn. If So I find it laughable that Azhar Ali even thinks he is up to the job of MP when he can't even perform the task he was elected to do as county councillor, when him his self spends more time claiming other peoples hard work and passing it off as his own. Azhar Ali and his party of misfits are only good for one thing and one thing only that is pointing out problems and blaming other people for them, himself and his party only become a part of the problem never a part of the solution. Neil121
  • Score: 4

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