Miliband hails heart op delegate
Tuesday 24th September 2013, 4:11PM BST.
A Labour delegate from Glasgow who received life-saving surgery on the NHS in England received a name-check from Ed Miliband today as he urged voters to reject calls for Scottish independence.
Mr Miliband said Cathy Murphy fell ill with heart problems at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool two years ago. She received life-saving treatment at the city’s Broadgreen Hospital and still returns to the city every six months for a check up.
The Labour leader said the doctors at the specialist centre do not care whether she is Scottish or English, telling the party’s conference in Brighton they treat her because she is British.
Mr Miliband said: ” Cathy Murphy lives in Glasgow. She works in the local supermarket.
“In 2010, Cathy was diagnosed with a serious heart problem but she came to Labour conference nonetheless in 2011 as a delegate. She fell seriously ill. Her family were called down from Glasgow. The doctors said to her that to save her life they would have to give her a very long and very risky operation.
“She had that operation a few weeks later at the world-leading Liverpool Broadgreen Hospital. Cathy pulled through, she went back to Glasgow some weeks later and you know what she comes back down to Liverpool every six months for her check-up.
“And as she said to me, the nurses or doctors don’t ask whether she is English or Scottish. The hospital doesn’t care where she lives. They care about her because she is Scottish and British, a citizen of our United Kingdom.
“Friends, Cathy is with us today, back as a delegate. I don’t want Cathy to become a foreigner, let’s win the battle for the United Kingdom.”