Take Action

Sign the petition and ask your MP to attend the March 11th debate

Please sign, share and support the petition calling on all MPs to support the NHS Bill on 11th March 2016.

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:

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.

It is sponsored by Caroline Lucas and 10 other MPs representing 5 political parties – including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell from the Labour party. (See the full list of names.)

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.

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


Support the NHS Bill

Dear xx,

I am concerned that over 25 years the NHS has been gradually undermined as a public service with laws brought in to allow more and more of it to be outsourced to private profit making companies.

This culminated in the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It broke up the national system for needs-based health care planning in England and replaced it with a competitive market model where groups of GPs in Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are obliged to put health services out to tender.

Now private companies bid against NHS providers, and increasingly win the contracts. This destabilises NHS provision and leads to a fragmented system which actually costs more to run than the previous public service system did.

Billions of pounds spent on these market ‘transaction costs’ are not available for front line care. This contributes to the NHS funding crisis: hospitals, mental health and community services find themselves in deficit with insufficient resources to provide the services we need.

It is of pressing urgency that the present costly, chaotic, fragmented and ineffective system be ended and replaced by one that will allocate resources according to need through a fair, democratically accountable and integrated planning system, removing the market and competition from the NHS.

We need our health services to be comprehensive, transparent, equitable and affordable. The only way all these goals can be attained is through full public ownership.
Such a change requires legislation to win back our NHS in England.

You may be aware that on 1 July 2015, 12 MPs from five political parties including Jeremy Corbyn and Caroline Lucas tabled the NHS Bill in the House of Commons. The NHS Bill is scheduled for its second reading on 11 March 2016.

The NHS Bill seeks to overturn all that has undermined the NHS and create a stronger, better NHS.

The NHS Bill will provide the legal framework to:

  • Restore the NHS as an accountable public service
  • Reverse 25 years of marketisation in the NHS
  • Abolish the purchaser-provider split, end contracting and re-establish public bodies and public services accountable to local communities.
  • Support integration of health with social care
  • Remove the NHS from EU competition law
  • Assert the control of the four UK legislatures over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) if it would affect the NHS in any part of the UK
  • Restore the duty of Government to provide health services across England

I urge you to support the Bill and to ensure that it is granted time in the House of Commons for its second reading on March 11th.

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Yours etc.

 

Take Action to protect local NHS services

Monitor Guidance CoverFrom 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.

Here is an example of a letter that, health lawyer Peter Roderick has sent to his clinical commissioning group (CCG) that you can adapt to send to your own CCG.