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TUC Asks: Will You Ask Your MP To Back A New Bill To Save Our NHS?

The Back the Bill campaign has been launched in support of the The National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill, which seeks to address the most harmful aspects of the coalition government’s hated Health and Social Care Act 2012. The parliamentary Bill was promoted by Labour MP Clive Efford. A vote on the Bill is due to take place in the House of Commons on 21 November 2014.

Pic: NHS For Sale - click to go the websiteThe Health and Social Care Act heralded the biggest (and very expensive) re-organisation of the NHS in its history, by opening up the NHS to competition and privatisation; putting up the NHS up for sale under a market free-for-all.

This briefing gives an overview of the campaign and how to get involved, for example by writing to your MP, or by attending a local campaign event on the Saturday 15 November, prior to the reading of the Bill on 21 November.

The NHS market free-for-all is beginning to take off, as a result of the Government's Health and Social Care Act.

Since April 2013 over £7bn worth of NHS contracts have been advertised by Clinical Commissioning Groups. Of those awarded to date, 56% have gone to non-NHS providers. Outsourcing and privatisation is becoming deeply embedded in the NHS.
The National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill is a Private Members Bill promoted by Clive Efford MP. Its Second Reading in the House of Commons is on 21 November.

Clive's Bill seeks to change the most harmful aspects of the Health and Social Care Act, putting patient care before private profit once again, and re-establishing the guarantee of comprehensive healthcare, free at the point of need. It could put the brakes on the market takeover of our NHS.

We need as many MPs as possible to turn out and back the Bill at its next reading if it is to stand a chance of moving on to the next Parliamentary stages.

Take action now: Ask your own MP to Back The Bill

Source: TUC

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