Caroline presents cross-party Bill to restore and fully safeguard our NHS

On National NHS Change Day, MPs unite to save our Public Health Service

PRESS RELEASE

  • Caroline to present cross-party Bill to roll back NHS privatisation and reinstate founding NHS principles – truly public, fully protected, free at point of delivery

  • Lib Dem, SNP, Plaid and Labour backbenchers join Caroline to back the Bill

  • Caroline: ‘I’m honoured to be presenting this Bill with such strong cross-party support’

  • Bill research led by Professor Allyson Pollock of Queen Mary University, London and Barrister, Peter Roderic

Caroline and Libdem NHS rebel Andrew George MP are to present a cross-party Bill to restore and fully safeguard the NHS.

The National Health Service Bill will receive its first reading in Parliament today.

It seeks to restore the founding principles behind the NHS and halt the creeping privatisation of public health services.

The Bill has gained cross-party support of backbench MPs from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, SNP and Plaid, including the backing of Liberal Democrat MPs Andrew George and John Pugh, and Labour MP Michael Meacher.

It marks the culmination of months consultation by campaigners, grassroots organisations, and health experts - led by Allyson Pollock, Professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary University of London, and Barrister, Peter Roderic.

The Bill proposes to fully restore the NHS as an accountable public service – with time and flexibility for implementation – and so reversing 25 years of marketisation, for an NHS that is truly public, joined-up, fully protected and free at the point of delivery.

Scotland and Wales have already reversed marketisation and restored their NHS without immense upheaval. England can too.

Far from being another top-down, centralised re-structuring, the Bill – crucially – reinstates the Secretary of State’s responsibility for the provision of services, something the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (HSCA) severed.  The Bill would strip away the costly market mechanisms that waste NHS money which could be spent on patient care.

Last weekend, delegates at the Green Party Conference overwhelmingly voted in favour of backing the Bill.  

Caroline said: “We must stop our NHS being whittled down to little more than a corporate logoThe public service we love is being dismantled and defined by bidding wars and market structures that waste billions which could be spent on patient care. Our public health service should be run with patients, not profit, at its heart. Its rescue package must be rigorous and comprehensive to fully protect it from the private sector. I’m honoured to be presenting just such a Bill and with such strong cross-party support.”


She added: “The NHS is a core part of our national identity – but as things stand, it’s under immediate and growing threat.  What the founders of our NHS achieved was radical and far-reaching – and we have a duty to ensure that reinstating their vision of the publicly provided NHS we still want is at the heart of our General Election debate."

ENDS

Notes

The NHS Bill 2015 will be available in its finalised format online tomorrow, following its First Reading. However, you can find detailed information about it here  and here

You can find a basic summary and Q&A here

The Bill has received strong cross-party backing (however a Bill can only be formally ‘sponsored’ by 12 named MPs). It is co-sponsored by Andrew George MP (Lib Dem) and sponsored by John Pugh MP (Lib Dem); Michael Meacher MP (Lab); Chris Williamson MP (Lab); Roger Godsiff MP (Lab); Kelvin Hopkins MP (Lab); Jeremy Corbyn MP (Lab);  John McDonnell  MP (Lab); Eilidh Whiteford MP (SNP); Hywel Williams MP (Plaid); Katy Clark MP (Lab)

In March 2010, the Health Select Committee found that running the NHS as a ‘market’ cost the NHS 14% of its annual budget.

You can read a little more about Caroline’s position on the Bill, and why it’s needed, here

You can visit the NHS Reinstatement campaign website here: www.nhsbill2015.org

 

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Patrick Cockell
11th March 2015 11:31
Absolutely correct Caroline. I really hope this succeeds. Thatcher started the rot with the cretinous internal market which needs to be reversed NOW.
Steve Ryal
11th March 2015 11:52
We have to save OUR National Health Service, it is vitally important to the residents of this country. Cameron has done all he can to run the service into the ground, hoping that he can get away with saying it is beyond all hope and then selling it off (just like the postal service) for peanuts to the wealthy, to make even more money that will be tax exempt by any means possible.
Glenn
11th March 2015 12:14
I wish you luck on this but...... Over 200 parliamentarians have recent past or present financial links to companies involved in healthcare and all were allowed to vote on the Health and Social Care bill, turning it into an Act. 1 in four Conservative Peers have financial interests in companies involved in private healthcare. 1 in 6 Labour Peers. 1 in 6 Crossbench Peers and 1 in 10 Liberal Democratic Peers. Of the MPs, 78% are Conservatives who have these interests. The total list of MPs with these interests is 81, of which 63 are conservatives, 3 LibDems, 14 Labour, 1 SDLP
Kian Momtahan
11th March 2015 17:43
The NHS as a free and government run organisation is a core part of why I love this country. Naturally we like to moan about waiting times and see ways it could be improved however I have yet to talk to a single person who has thought we were better off without it. I have seen people literally reduced to tears as they began to comprehend the wonderful system we have available to us and it is vitally important we do not lose it.
Myles
11th March 2015 18:19
I've not seen anything threatening "free at point of delivery". What does seem to be the big issue at the moment is quality and the consistency of quality. Variation is to be expected but the most common complaint I hear is the
Dave Burdon
12th March 2015 10:38
lets hope it's not to late! As I am one of those with first hand experience of the damage that's been done.
Jackie North
12th March 2015 13:29
During my stay in hospital since Friday, It has been plain to see the holes that Mr David Cameron has heartlessly, ignorantly and greedily ripped out of the heart of our NHS, Please, for the sake of Britons health, We must work together to ensure the future of our beloved NHS that has saved millions of lives since it's beginnings. due to short staff I have received no more then 5 minutes of physiotherapy per day since the operation, I have been left in pain waiting for pain killers for hours on end, and on one occasion the staff did not understand enough English to understand that I was having a panic attack. We NEED to save our NHS! and we are running out of time.