The National Health Action Party has submitted evidence to the Lords' Committee into the long-term sustainability of the NHS.
The Lords' committee which is reviewing the long-term financial sustainability of the NHS has been hearing oral evidence since June first in private sessions and since 12 July they have held four public sessions. The committee requested that written evidence be submitted by 20 September. The deadline for the committee to report its findings is 31 March 2017.
The Summary of our evidence
- to ensure that the Lords evaluate the future of the NHS within an evidence based framework which includes a full publicly provided service as a substantive option
- to demonstrate that issues of sustainability, which we understand to be defined as providing a service within set financial constraints, are best addressed by public ownership and provision with full public funding
- to demonstrate that the costs of marketisation and competition within the NHS are a barrier to maintaining efficiency, integration and cost control within a public service
- to address issues arising from the use of language which we believe forms a barrier to public understanding of what is happening and consequently a barrier to meaningful consultation
- to argue that the primary purpose of the NHS is to provide a comprehensive, universal and accessible high quality service free at the point of need and use for both rich and poor people without discrimination. Its principles are equitable, that is to say that money will not gain advantage, nor will poverty disadvantage anyone. It is clinical need, including ability to benefit not ability to pay, which determines care.
- To argue that any fundamental compromise to these principles should be made explicit to the public.
- To recommend that the beginning of any process which embeds a fundamental change to the principles of the NHS should include a change of name so that the public are clear what is happening. The creation of a two tier service, one self-paid the other state funded, is not the NHS.
Today we are pleased to announce that the committee has published the evidence alongside other campaigners and organisations' written evidence.
Other notable evidence also published includes