This week, Parliament will be back in session and the focus will be on the Health and Social Care Bill – including the NHS – which was introduced to Parliament in January of this year. The Bill faces the Report Stage and Third Reading. The Bill, amongst other things, plans to “liberate” the provision of the NHS to “any willing provider”, language which anyone with half a brain cell will recognise as privitization. The Bill and frequently asked questions can be read here.
John Healey has referred to the NHS as David Cameron’s “biggest broken promise to date”, as Cameron claimed before the General Election that there would be “no more NHS ‘top-down’ reorganisation”. The British Medical Association voted overwhelmingly for the Bill to be withdrawn, with 99% of nurses passed a vote of no confidence in Andrew Lansley. Thousands upon thousands of people have signed the petition against the plans.
The NHS is a wonderful service which has provided quality healthcare to billions of people for over 60 years. Billions of people, without discrimination. Universal, comprehensive, equitable and free at the point of delivery healthcare, just as when the NHS was introduced in 1948. It is an invaluable asset to the UK, and one we cannot afford to lose – one that we simply don’t want to lose.
In 2009, in response to attacks from US critics aimed at the NHS and its practise, David Cameron said “Just look at all the support which the NHS has received on Twitter over the last couple of days. It is a reminder – if one were needed – of how proud we in Britain are of the NHS.” Prove you’re proud of it, Dave.
The British public are proud of the NHS, and the message is loud and clear to the Government: we don’t want you to break it up.
Sign the petition to Save the NHS here.