This is our current mission. To which end we have embarked on a leafleting campaign. On Saturday 13th Feb we met in Ilkley. Eleven of us turned out with representatives from all our local groups (Keighley, Skipton and Ilkley.)
Last Saturday we braved the weather in Skipton . On March 5th we will be out in Keighley.
The cross party NHS ‘Reinstatement’ Bill introduced by Caroline Lucas is an attempt to reverse some of the changes made by the 2012 Health and Social Care Act introduced by Andrew Lansley.
It was written by Allyson Pollock and barrister Peter Roderick. Peter sent us a summary of the main changes in the 2012 Act and their implications for the NHS, after addressing us at our ‘Return the NHS to its Founding Principles Workshop’
The 2012 Health and Social Care Act…
- abolished the Secretary of State’s duty to provide key NHS services throughout England, and replaced it with a duty on individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to contract for the provision of services for persons for whom they were responsible;
- made all trusts 51% NHS and 49% non-NHS, by prospectively abolishing NHS Trusts with the intention of them becoming NHS Foundation Trusts and then stipulating that Foundation Trusts would not fulfil their principal purpose unless most of their income was from the NHS. (Peter explained how the list of services that FTs must currently provide would be amended after April 2016, and that Monitor has said this list is expected to be reduced;)
- made the tendering of services virtually compulsory;
- took public health out of the NHS, splitting it between the Secretary of State (Public Health England) and local authorities.
He also explained how the 2012 changes were the latest in a series of changes that began with the introduction of the internal market in 1990 (NHS Trusts and the purchaser/provider split) and the creation of more commercially-oriented Foundation Trusts in 2003.
He outlined some of the main proposals of the NHS Reinstatement Bill to reverse 25 years of marketisation, which has support from Green, Labour, Lib Dem, SNP and Plaid Cymru MPs – including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.
The NHS Reinstatement Bill would:
- re-establish the legal duty of central government to provide services throughout England,
- create Health Boards from the bottom-up,
- end the purchaser-provider split,
- abolish NHS Trusts, Foundation Trusts, Monitor and CCGs,
- end competitive tendering and assert Parliament’s control over treaties (such as the Trans-Atlantic Treaty on Investment and Trade) that could allow international companies to provide NHS services.
The Bill is scheduled to have its second reading in the House of Commons on 11th March 2016, the likelihood of it having the support of a majority of MPs is very small BUT the immediately important thing is to build parliamentary support for the Bill, especially amongst Labour MPs as the party revises its health policy after the leadership election.
Successful legislation will probably have to wait for a change of government, but we can work now to raise awareness of the Bill amongst the public, as well as getting support from local Labour parties and trade unions and monitoring the activities of local CCGs and Trusts.
How can you help?
Sign the 38 Degrees petition before March 11th.
This calls on all MP’s to…
“It was a good morning despite the weather and some adverse reactions eg a stream of swearing directed at the nhs and what she thought of it. I found many shopkeepers concerned generally about changes and the lack of information before something changes which affects them.2 conversations became discussions of TTIP issues. Offering the leaflets and then explaining led to good feed back and signatures. One shop keeper told me I could get her signature but not trouble her customers – ‘Its the law.’ ?? – never heard that before. I had lots of comments regarding the ‘bad show’ as one man expressed it regarding JH’s treatment of our Doctors. The idea of collecting as many signatures as CH’s constituency majority appealed to people and would become a ‘talking point’ I hope.
I think we could do another session on a weekday going round the shops, plus cafes and larger busy shops which I avoided. Have we ever given leaflets out in Tesco and Booths in Ilkley? Generally people were interested and ready to support and the leaflets were never refused.
I will ask the our newsagent if I can insert them into our local papers for delivery one day next week.” (This did happen) Judith
NOW we are planning to have 10,000 more leaflets printed
in support of the NHS Bill
If you want to help to distribute some…
NB Links to our leaflets will be provided asap