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URGENT: Please Write to your MP Today!
The Health and Care Bill returns to the House of Commons on WEDNESDAY 30TH MARCH
Will you add your name to our Open Letter on the Health & Care Bill to help us protect the NHS from this Bill?
LOVE NHS is a coalition of NHS and Civil Society Campaigning organisations who stand opposed to the Government’s Health and Care Bill because as Baroness Walmsley said, it is a ‘power grab’1 by ministers that would allow them to steer the UK’s healthcare system in any direction they choose without further scrutiny from parliament or courts.
Action is urgent because the Bill is about to return to the Commons for the final vote any day NOW. The Lords have made several constructive amendments to the Bill and we are calling on MPs in ALL parties to ensure that this Bill does not pass without these amendments.
As Mark E Thomas of 99% says:
“In our view, the Lords’ amendments significantly reduce the potential harms of the Bill, but they must now be passed in the Commons. If the Bill were to pass without the Lords’ amendments, there would be nothing to prevent minsters from migrating the UK healthcare system towards that of the US: the worst system in the developed world from the perspective of patients and taxpayers, but the most profitable from the point of view of healthcare corporations. The impact on many UK citizens would be devastating.
Please add your name to our Letter so that we can use it to petition MPs.
If you want to do more to protest against this Bill, then please write to your MP to urge them to accept the Lords’ amendments to the Bill via https://NHS2.UK where you will find guidance on what to say in your letter.
The LOVE NHS Coalition:
EveryDoctor, GOV2.UK, National Health Action Party, Nurses United, Open Britain, Take Back Britain and The 99% Organisation
1 Baroness Walmsley, 11th January 2022, Health & Care Bill, Committee Stage, House of Lords
An Open Letter to Parliamentarians about the Health and Care Bill from NHS and Civil Society Campaigning Organisations
4th March 2022
Re Health and Care Bill
We stand opposed to the Health and Care Bill, which would represent a dangerous, undemocratic and extraordinary power-grab by ministers.
As the 15thReport of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee of the House of Lords explained:
“The Health and Care Bill is a clear and disturbing illustration of how much disguised legislation a Bill can contain and offends against the democratic principles of parliamentary scrutiny.”
If the Bill were to pass unamended, it would give ministers the powers to steer the UK’s healthcare system in any direction they chose, without further scrutiny by parliament or by the courts.
Such a concentration of power, without corresponding duties and devoid of scrutiny, would be inappropriate for any government. But given the stated motivations of this government, the risk to the health of the UK population is unacceptable.
As Sir John Major commented, “The concept that [the Cabinet] would care for the National Health Service is a rather odd one: Michael Gove wanted to privatise it; Boris wanted to charge people for using it; and Iain Duncan Smith wanted a social insurance system. The NHS is about as safe with them as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python.”
And the Health Secretary’s speech to the 2021 Conservative Party Conference on who should pay for health and social care leaves little to the imagination:
“We, as citizens, have to take some responsibility for our health too. We shouldn’t always go first to the state – what kind of society would that be? Health and Social Care: it begins at home. It should
be family first, then the community then the state.”
We therefore call upon MPs and Lords from all parties – from the Left, through to one-nation Conservatives – to vote against the Bill at every opportunity and in favour of any amendments that will help to preserve the NHS, as it should be, for future generations and subject to effective parliamentary oversight.
Stephen Fry, Actor
Dr Julia Patterson, Chief Executive, EveryDoctor
Lloyd Hardy, Founder, GOV2.UK
Dr Alastair Fischer, Co-Leader, National Health Action Party
Marcus Chown, author, journalist and National Executive Committee member of the National Health Action Party
Anthony Johnson, Registered Nurse and Lead Organiser, Nurses United
Mark Kieran, CEO, Open Britain
Liz Crosbie, Project Director and Co-Founder, Reboot GB
Dominic Minghella, Take Back Britain
Mark E Thomas, Founder, The 99% Organisation
The following members of Independent Sage are signing in an individual
Professor Susan Michie, FAcSS, FMedSci, FBA, Director of UCL Centre for
Behaviour Change, University College London
Professor Christina Pagel, Director of the Clinical Operational Research Unit, University
Stephen Reicher, Wardlaw Professor of Psychology, University of St. Andrews
Helen Salisbury, Senior Medical Education Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health
Sciences, University of Oxford
Kit Yates, Co-director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Bath
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee. (2021, 12 16). 15th
Report of Session 2021–22. Retrieved from https://committees.parliament.uk/:
Javid, S. (2021, 10 5). Speech to the 2021 Conservative Party Conference. Retrieved from Twitter: https://twitter.com/sturdyAlex/status/1445424450854391810
Mason, R. (2016, 6 5). John Major: NHS at risk from Brexit 'pythons' Johnson and Gove.
Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/05/john-major-nhs-risk-brexit-pythons-johnson-and-gove
The 99% Organisation. (2022, January 15). Submission to the Lords on the Health and Social Care Bill.
Retrieved from https://99-percent.org/: https://99-percent.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Submission-to-the-Lords-on-the-Health-and-Social-Care-Bill-v3.pdf
Thomas, M. E. (2021, 9 28). Amending the Health and Care Bill. Retrieved from https://99-percent.org/: https://99-percent.org/amending-the-health-and-care-bill/
 (Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, 2021)
 (Mason, 2016)
 (Javid, 2021)
 (The 99% Organisation, 2022)