The NHS is more than just a structure for the delivery of healthcare. It is a social institution that reflects national solidarity, expresses the values of equity and universalism and ensures the duty of government to care for all, no matter how rich or no matter how poor.
The NHS marks out a place in society where the dictates of commerce and the market should be held in check.
We are fighting now to make sure that it is patients not profits that are the driving force behind our NHS. The fight for the NHS is the fight for the public good. The fight for the NHS is key to the fight against austerity.
That is why the NHA supports the NHS Bill 2015 to reinstate the NHS and the government's duty to provide healthcare.