By the co-leader of the National Health Action Party, Dr Clive Peedell
"April the 1st 2013 signalled the end of a nationalised English NHS. We now have an English healthcare INDUSTRY, not a NATIONAL Health Service. The new legislation will drive increasing privatisation of health services. Core health services currently provided free at the point of use will diminish over time as health services will be rationed due to squeezed budgets and the prohibitive costs of the new healthcare market.
"We welcome Labour's commitment to repeal the Coalition's Health and Social Care Act. But this is meaningless unless they also fight NOW for an exemption for the NHS from the forthcoming US/EU trade treaty that David Cameron is planning on sealing at the G8 in June. That trade treaty will lock the UK, as an EU member, permanently into a transnational market with the USA on competition and trade law terms, giving US corporations the legal rights to bid to deliver UK health services paid for by the UK taxpayer and the right to compensation in the event of renationalisation. We would in effect be locked into a privatised NHS".
“There was no democratic mandate for these changes, which have effectively abolished the NHS in England. We need to fight back to reclaim and re-instate the NHS. The National Health Action Party is here to take up this fight. It won't be easy and it will take a long time to reverse the damage, but it is possible.
This what must be done to get our NHS back:
1. STOP ENFORCED USE OF PRIVATE CONTRACTORS: Revoke the section75 NHS procurement and competition regulations and ensure Clinical Commissioning Groups are NOT forced to tender to the private sector. There is a crucial vote on this in the House of Lords on April 24th.
See the petition at: https://secure.38degrees.org.
2. STOP THE ACT BECOMING IRREVERSIBLE: Ensure that David Cameron argues at the G8 in June for our health service to be exempted from the US/EU Free Trade Agreement, which will otherwise lead to a healthcare privatisation "lock-in".
See the petition at: https://submissions.
3. WORK TOWARDS RESTORING THE NHS under the terms of Lord Owen's Reinstatement Bill.
“We will continue with campaigns to highlight to the public how they have been misled by the Coalition government over the dismantling and privatisation of the NHS.”
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