#NHS Takeback

Take action against NHS privatisation – ask your MP to sign up to the #NHSTakeback – a great new initiative from We Own It.

Find out more – and ask your MP to sign the pledge – here.

Here are some words from the We Own It team:

Some FAQs we’re expecting on #NHSTakeback:

*Who is supporting #NHSTakeback? #NHSTakeback is supported by the Campaign for the Reinstatement Bill, Health Campaigns Together, Keep Our NHS Public, Doctors for the NHS, the Socialist Health Association and the NHS Support Federation. If you know other organisations who might want to sign up, please ask them to get in touch.

Are you convinced your MP won’t sign up? Please try them anyway. It was probably Conservative MPs that swung it with the NHS Professionals campaign, and we can learn a lot from the responses of different MPs.

Are you in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland? Please write to your MP. SNP MPs are all behind the Reinstatement Bill already and we’d like them to support the pledge too. We need your solidarity. Plus, NHS policy in England can spread throughout the UK and funding levels in England affect funding elsewhere too – so we’re all connected.

Is the pledge the same as the Reinstatement Bill? No. The Reinstatement Bill is a comprehensive plan for legislation that would take back our NHS. The pledge has 5 key principles for a public NHS – it reflects the demands in the Bill but it’s much simpler. If MPs sign up to the pledge, they’re not signing up to the Bill. But they might want to sign up to both, because the Bill is the best way of putting the pledge into action.


Labour and the NHS Bill

The Labour Party Conference is on 24-27th September 2017. We hope that a Labour MP will retable the NHS Bill for the 2017-2018 parliamentary session. All these MPs have stated their support.

Allyson Pollock, one of the co-authors of the Bill, has outlined on the ourNHS news site, ‘Why the next Labour Manifesto must pledge to legislate to reinstate the NHS’. In it she outlines why the Labour Party 2017 health manifesto failed to tackle the underlying issues, and why bold thinking and a commitment to the NHS Reinstatement Bill is needed now. Allyson will be speaking in Brighton at a rally for the NHS, organised by Sussex Defend the NHS at 12:30pm on Sunday, September 24th.

The Socialist Health Association submitted the contemporary motion (below) which will be discussed at the beginning of the Labour Party Conference and may make it to the conference for debate if the NHS is prioritised. Several constituencies have adopted the motion which increases its chance of being debated. It ends with reference to the bill. The full text of the motion is below.

Please keep asking MPs to show their support for the NHS Bill.

 

The SHA contemporary motion:

Conference notes:

• The NHS Accountable Care System (ACS) contracts announced on 7 August impose a basis for 44+ local health services to replace England’s NHS, bypassing Parliamentary debate and legislative process.

• On 9 August, the House of Commons Library revealed a doubling of the number of NHS sites proposed for sale. 117 of these currently provide clinical services.

Like their US templates, ACSs will provide limited services on restricted budgets, replacing NHS hospitals with deskilled community units.

This will worsen health indicators like the long term increase in life expectancy, stalled since 2010.

The ACSs and asset sell-off result directly from the 5 Year Forward View (5YFV) currently being implemented via ‘Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships’ (STPs). The 5YFV precisely reflects healthcare multinationals’ global policy aims.

Conference reaffirms its manifesto commitment to restore our NHS by reversing its privatisation and halting STPs. We therefore call on the Party to oppose and reverse funding cuts (ideally meeting Western European levels) but also 5YFV policy:

• creating ACSs;
• replacing 7500 GP surgeries with 1500 “superhubs”;
• downskilling clinical staff.
• reclassifying NHS services as means-tested “social care”;
• cementing the private sector role as ACS “partners” and as combined health/social care service providers.

Conference recognises that reversing this process demands more than amending the 2012 Health & Social Care Act and calls for our next manifesto to include existing Party policy to restore our fully-funded, comprehensive, universal, publicly-provided and owned NHS without user charges, as per the NHS Bill (2016-17).


MPs that support the NHS Bill 2017-2018

Does your MP support the NHS Bill? The Bill has not yet been introduced into parliament since the June 2017 election, but all the MPs below have stated their support publicly to the principles of the Bill.

Please check if your MP is below, and if they are – please thank them. And if they aren’t – please ask them to demonstrate their support publicly.

The ‘I support the NHS Bill‘ posters are available online here, or Margaret Greenwood (Labour, West Wirral) has several in her office and is very happy for any MP to come and have their photo taken.

 

If you think names should be added (or removed) from this list, please tweet us @nhsbillnow or email us: [email protected]

Labour

Diane Abbott Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Roberta Blackman-Woods City of Durham
Dawn Butler Brent Central NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
Ronnie Campbell Blyth Valley Supporter of the NHS Bill
Jeremy Corbyn Islington North NHS Bill sponsor (11 March 2015)

Stella Creasey Walthamstow NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
Alex Cunningham Stockton
Nicholas Dakin Scunthorpe NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)

Peter Dowd Bootle NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
David Drew Stroud Supporter of the NHS Bill
Angela Eagle Wallasey Supporter of the NHS Bill
Mary Glindon North Tyneside
Roger Godsiff Birmingham, Hall Green Supporter of the NHS Bill
Margaret Greenwood Wirral West Main NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)

Louise Haigh Sheffield, Heeley Supporter of the NHS Bill
Carolyn Harris Swansea East
Kelvin Hopkins Luton North NHS Bill sponsor (11 March 2015 and 2015-2016)
Mike Kane Wythenshawe and Sale East NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
Emma Lewell-Buck South Shields
Clive Lewis Norwich South
Rachael Maskell York Central
Chris Matheson City of Chester
Andy McDonald Middlesbrough
John McDonnell Hayes and Harlington NHS Bill sponsor (11 March 2015 and 2015-2016)
Liz McInnes Heywood and Middleton NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
Ian Mearns Gateshead Supporter of the NHS Bill
Grahame Morris Easington Supporter of the NHS Bill

Melanie Onn Great Grimsby
Chi Onwurah Newcastle Central Supporter of the NHS Bill
Yasmin Qureshi Bolton South East
Faisal Rashid Warrington South Supporter of the NHS Bill
Christina Rees Neath
Jonathan Reynolds Stalybridge & Hyde
Marie Rimmer St Helens South and Whiston NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
Tulip Siddiq Hampstead and Kilburn Supporter of the NHS Bill
Cat Smith Lancaster and Fleetwood NHS Bill sponsor (2015-2016)
Emily Thornberry Islington South and Finsbury Supporter of the NHS Bill
Jon Trickett Hemsworth Supporter of the NHS Bill
Stephen Twigg Liverpool, West Derby NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
Chris Williamson Derby North Supporter of the NHS Bill

 

Green Party

The Green Party as a whole supports the NHS Bill.

Caroline Lucas Brighton Pavilion Main NHS Bill sponsor (both on 11 March 2015 and for the 2015-2016 Bill).

 

Plaid Cymru

Hywel Williams Arfon NHS Bill sponsor (both on 11 March 2015 and for the 2015-2016 Bill).

 

Scottish National Party

The SNP as a whole supports the NHS Bill, and therefore all their 35 MPs are supportive. Since her election in 2015, Dr Philippa Whitford, their Health Spokesperson in Westminster has consistently and vocally backed the Bill.

Hannah Bardell Livingston
Mhairi Black Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Ian Blackford Skye and Lochaber
Kirsty Blackman Aberdeen North
Deidre Brock Edinburgh North and Leith
Alan Brown Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Lisa Cameron East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Douglas Chapman Dunfermline and West Fife  
Joanna Cherry Edinburgh South West
Ronnie Cowan Inverclyde
Angela Crawley Lanark and Hamilton East
Martyn Day Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Martin Docherty West Dunbartonshire
Marion Fellows Motherwell and Wishaw
Stephen Gethins North East Fife
Patricia Gibson North Ayrshire and Arran
Patrick Grady Glasgow North  
Peter Grant Glenrothes
Neil Gray Airdrie and Shotts  
Drew Hendry Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Stewart Hosie Dundee East Joined in photoshoot for the first NHS Bill in 2015 to show his support.
Chris Law Dundee West
David Linden Glasgow East
Angus MacNeil Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Stuart McDonald Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Stewart McDonald Glasgow South
John McNally Falkirk
Carol Monaghan Glasgow North West
Gavin Newlands Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Brendan O’Hara Argyll and Bute
Tommy Sheppard Edinburgh East  
Chris Stephens Glasgow South West  
Alison Thewliss Glasgow Central
Philippa Whitford Ayrshire NHS Bill sponsor (2015-2016)

 

Pete Wishart Perth and North Perthshire

 

Liberal Democrat

Since the departure of John Pugh at the 2017 General Election there are no Liberal Democrat MPs that support the NHS Bill.

 

Conservative

No Conservative MPs have stated support for the NHS Bill.

With thanks to Nicola Hippisley for photography


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MPs that support the NHS Bill 2016-2017

PLEASE NOTE:  This page was written prior to the General Election in May 2017. The information below is provided for historical interest only, and may refer to individuals that were MPs prior to the 2017 General Election.

On 13th July 2016, the NHS Reinstatement Bill was successfully presented in the House of Commons, by Margaret Greenwood, Labour MP for Wirral West.

The 11 named supporters of the Bill consisted of 9 Labour MPs, plus one Green and one Lib Dem – but sadly no SNP MPs (who are supporters of the Bill)as follows:

  • Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion
  • Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central
  • Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow
  • Nic Dakin, Labour MP for Scunthorpe
  • Peter Dowd, Labour MP for Bootle
  • Mike Kane, Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East
  • Liz McInnes, Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton
  • Yasmin Qureshi, Labour MP for Bolton South East
  • Marie Rimmer, Labour MP for St Helens and Whiston
  • Stephen Twigg, Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby
  • John Pugh, Lib Dem MP for Southport

 

Does your MP support the NHS Bill? Check if their name is below, and if it is – please thank them. And if it isn’t – please ask them to demonstrate their support publicly.

The ‘I support the NHS Bill‘ posters are available online here, or Margaret Greenwood has several in her office and is very happy for any MP to come and have their photo taken.

 

If you think names should be added (or removed) from this list, please tweet us @nhsbillnow or email us: [email protected]

 

Labour MPs

Diane Abbott Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Dave Anderson Blaydon Supporter of the NHS Bill
Roberta Blackman-Woods City of Durham
Dawn Butler Brent Central NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
Ronnie Campbell Blyth Valley Supporter of the NHS Bill
Jeremy Corbyn Islington North NHS Bill sponsor (11 March 2015)

Stella Creasey Walthamstow NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
Alex Cunningham Stockton
Nicholas Dakin Scunthorpe NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)

Peter Dowd Bootle NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
Angela Eagle Wallasey Supporter of the NHS Bill
Mary Glindon North Tyneside
Roger Godsiff Birmingham, Hall Green Supporter of the NHS Bill
Margaret Greenwood Wirral West Main NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)

Carolyn Harris Swansea East
Kelvin Hopkins Luton North NHS Bill sponsor (11 March 2015 and 2015-2016)
Mike Kane Wythenshawe and Sale East NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
Emma Lewell-Buck South Shields
Clive Lewis Norwich South
Rob Marris Wolverhampton South West NHS Bill sponsor (2015-2016)
Rachael Maskell York Central
Chris Matheson City of Chester
Andy McDonald Middlesbrough
John McDonnell Hayes and Harlington NHS Bill sponsor (11 March 2015 and 2015-2016)
Liz McInnes Heywood and Middleton NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
Grahame Morris Easington Supporter of the NHS Bill

Melanie Onn Great Grimsby
Yasmin Qureshi Bolton South East
Christina Rees Neath
Jonathan Reynolds Stalybridge & Hyde
Marie Rimmer St Helens South and Whiston NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
Andy Slaughter Hammersmith
Cat Smith Lancaster and Fleetwood NHS Bill sponsor (2015-2016)
Emily Thornberry Islington South and Finsbury Supporter of the NHS Bill
Jon Trickett Hemsworth Supporter of the NHS Bill
Stephen Twigg Liverpool, West Derby NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)

 

Green Party MPs

The Green Party as a whole supports the NHS Bill.

Caroline Lucas Brighton Pavilion Main NHS Bill sponsor (both on 11 March 2015 and for the 2015-2016 Bill).

 

 

Liberal Democrat MPs

John Pugh Southport NHS Bill sponsor for all three presentations of the Bill (11 March 2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017)

 

 

Plaid Cymru

Hywel Williams Arfon NHS Bill sponsor (both on 11 March 2015 and for the 2015-2016 Bill).

 

 

Scottish National Party (and ex-SNP Independent)

The SNP as a whole supports the NHS Bill. Since her election in 2015, Dr Philippa Whitford, their Health Spokesperson in Westminster has consistently and vocally backed the Bill.

Richard Arkless Dumfries and Galloway
Hannah Bardell Livingston
Mhairi Black Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Ian Blackford Skye and Lochaber
Kirsty Blackman Aberdeen North
Phil Boswell Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Deidre Brock Edinburgh North and Leith
Alan Brown Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Lisa Cameron East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Douglas Chapman Dunfermline and West Fife  
Joanna Cherry Edinburgh South West
Ronnie Cowan Inverclyde
Angela Crawley Lanark and Hamilton East
Martyn Day Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Martin Docherty West Dunbartonshire
Stuart Donaldson West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Marion Fellows Motherwell and Wishaw
Margaret Ferrier Rutherglen and Hamilton West  
Stephen Gethins North East Fife
Patricia Gibson North Ayrshire and Arran
Patrick Grady Glasgow North  
Peter Grant Glenrothes
Neil Gray Airdrie and Shotts  
Drew Hendry Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Stewart Hosie Dundee East Joined in photoshoot for the first NHS Bill in 2015 to show his support.
George Kerevan East Lothian
Calum Kerr Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk  
Chris Law Dundee West
Angus MacNeil Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Callum McCaig Aberdeen South
Stuart McDonald Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Stewart McDonald Glasgow South
Natalie McGarry Glasgow East
Anne McLaughlin Glasgow North East
John McNally Falkirk
Paul Monaghan Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Carol Monaghan Glasgow North West
Roger Mullin Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Gavin Newlands Paisley and Renfrewshire North
John Nicolson East Dunbartonshire
Brendan O’Hara Argyll and Bute
Kirsten Oswald East Renfrewshire
Steven Paterson Stirling
Angus Robertson Moray
Alex Salmond Gordon
Tasmina Sheikh Ochil and South Perthshire
Tommy Sheppard Edinburgh East  
Chris Stephens Glasgow South West  
Alison Thewliss Glasgow Central
Owen Thompson Midlothian
Michael Weir Angus  
Corri Wilson Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Eilidh Whiteford Banff and Buchan NHS Bill sponsor (11 March 2015 and 2015-2016)
Philippa Whitford Ayrshire NHS Bill sponsor (2015-2016)

 

 

 

Pete Wishart Perth and North Perthshire
Michelle Thomson Edinburgh West Independent (resigned SNP whip in Sept 2015)

 

 

 

Conservative MPs

No Conservative MPs have stated support for the NHS Bill.

 

With thanks to Nicola Hippisley for photography.


Group photo of Labour MPs – Wed Feb 22nd, 10.30am, outside Westminster Hall

All Labour MPs are invited to take part in a group photo to show their support for the NHS Bill, organised by Margaret Greenwood MP.

10.30am on 22nd February 2017 at New Palace Yard, outside Westminster Hall.

Please ask your MP to show their support.

The Bill is so far down the list for its scheduled 2nd reading of the NHS Bill on 24th February 2017 it is unlikely to be debated so we are not asking MPs to be there. The photo shoot is therefore vital to demonstrate their support. 


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