Sign the petition and ask your MP to attend the March 11th debate
We need to ensure MPs stay in London to debate the Bill on 11th March, rather than going home to their constituencies.
Please email your MP to ask them to be there on 11th March and send them our campaign briefing.
This is vital. Only pressure from their constituents will make MPs feel it is important enough to stay in the House of Commons on a Friday.
It only needs to be short email – we’ve provide the key points below. Please email your MP today and let us know what they say.
What to say?
We haven’t provided a standard email, as personalised emails have so much more power. The key points to raise are:
- The National Health Service Bill 2015-2016 is scheduled for debate on Friday 11th March.
- The aim of the Bill is to reinstate the founding vision of the NHS. There is more information on the Bill here: http://www.nhsbill2015.org/the-bill/
- It is vital that there are enough MPs present in the House of Commons to debate the Bill.
- Please ask your MP to let you know whether they will attend the debate.
- Please let them know about our campaign briefing: http://www.nhsbill2015.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/NHS-Bill-FAQs.pdf
How to contact your MP
You can find the contact details for your MP here: https://www.writetothem.com/
Is it worth writing to all MPs?
The NHS Bill is a cross-party bill that has the support of some MPs from the Green Party, Labour, SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats. We hope MPs from all these parties will attend the debate.
It is highly unlikely that any Conservative MPs will support this Bill. But you may still wish to write to them explaining why this Bill is important to you.
Please let us know of any replies you receive from your MP by emailing [email protected]
Take Action on the Bill
The NHS Bill – closely based on the NHS Reinstatement Bill – is scheduled for a Second Reading debate in the House of Commons on 11 March 2016, but there is no guarantee that it will be debated.
We need to increase support for the Bill amongst MPs.
- If you have a Labour MP, please ask them to state their support for the Bill. While Jeremy Corbyn sponsored the Bill, this was prior to his election as party leader. Therefore there is a possibility, but by no means a certainty, that the Labour Party could start to back the principles of the Bill.
- If you have a Liberal Democrat MP, please ask them to state their support for the Bill. John Pugh is one of the sponsors, so others could follow.
- If you have an SNP MP, please ask them to reaffirm their support for the Bill. Whilst the SNP have previously stated their support for the Bill, and their health spokesperson, Dr Phillippa Whitford is a sponsor, we need them to create political pressure and build alliances with other parties, to allow this Bill to have life within the House of Commons.
- If you have a Plaid Cymru MP, please asking them to join their colleague Hywel Williams, in supporting the Bill.
- If you live in Northern Ireland, please ask your MP whatever their political hue whether they would support the Bill. We need support from across the UK, and at present have no NI MPs in support, we would like that to change.
- If you have a Conservative MP, please do write to them expressing your concerns. Whilst they are unlikely to express personal support, it is still important for them to be aware this is a vital issue for their constituents.
In addition, whatever your constituency, we would like to increase the pressure on the Labour party to work in a cross party way to promote the NHS Bill. You may be able to achieve this through your membership of the party, or of a union, or as a member of the public writing to Jeremy Corbyn stressing the importance of cross party legislation along the lines of the NHS Bill.
- If you are a member of a union you could put forward a motion calling for support of the NHS Bill. Keep Our NHS Public have drafted a model motion for you to adapt for your needs.
Please let us know what responses you receive, by emailing <[email protected]>
A suggested letter for MPs is below. Please do amend it to your own circumstances – the more personalised the letter the more your MP will take notice. You can find all the information you need about the Bill on our site, and you can find the contact details for your MP on writetothem.com
Take Action to protect local NHS services
From April 2016, because of licence changes planned by Monitor, some services that used to be compulsory for Trusts to provide, and have been protected since April 2013, can lose their protection.
The worry is that as pressure on NHS funding increases, unprotected services would be at risk, down the line, if not immediately.
The NHS Bill would stop these changes going ahead, but under a Conservative Government, the Bill is highly unlikely to pass and so will not change the law in time to prevent the changes.
But we don’t have to accept this as a fait accompli. We can at least try to find out exactly what’s going on in our local areas and which services are at risk; make our views known and object where necessary.