Write to your MP

Please lobby your MP to ensure the Bill is granted time in parliament for its second reading on March 11th and to support the Bill.

A suggested letter is below. The more personalised your letter the better, so please use your own words and reference your own local situation if possible.

You can find the contact details for your MP on writetothem.com

Full information on how to Take Action on the NHS Reinstatement Bill is here.

Support the NHS Bill

Dear xx,

I am concerned that over 25 years the NHS has been gradually undermined as a public service with laws brought in to allow more and more of it to be outsourced to private profit making companies.

This culminated in the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It broke up the national system for needs-based health care planning in England and replaced it with a competitive market model where groups of GPs in Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are obliged to put health services out to tender.

Now private companies bid against NHS providers, and increasingly win the contracts. This destabilises NHS provision and leads to a fragmented system which actually costs more to run than the previous public service system did.

Billions of pounds spent on these market ‘transaction costs’ are not available for front line care. This contributes to the NHS funding crisis: hospitals, mental health and community services find themselves in deficit with insufficient resources to provide the services we need.

It is of pressing urgency that the present costly, chaotic, fragmented and ineffective system be ended and replaced by one that will allocate resources according to need through a fair, democratically accountable and integrated planning system, removing the market and competition from the NHS.

We need our health services to be comprehensive, transparent, equitable and affordable. The only way all these goals can be attained is through full public ownership.

Such a change requires legislation to win back our NHS in England.

You may be aware that on 1 July 2015, 12 MPs from five political parties including Jeremy Corbyn and Caroline Lucas tabled the NHS Bill in the House of Commons. The NHS Bill is scheduled for its second reading on 11 March 2016.

The NHS Bill seeks to overturn all that has undermined the NHS and create a stronger, better NHS.

The NHS Bill will provide the legal framework to:

  • Restore the NHS as an accountable public service
  • Reverse 25 years of marketisation in the NHS
  • Abolish the purchaser-provider split, end contracting and re-establish public bodies and public services accountable to local communities.
  • Support integration of health with social care
  • Remove the NHS from EU competition law
  • Assert the control of the four UK legislatures over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) if it would affect the NHS in any part of the UK
  • Restore the duty of Government to provide health services across England

I urge you to support the Bill and to ensure that it is granted time in the House of Commons for its second reading on March 11th.

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Yours etc.

Take it to your union

Are you a union member? Would you be prepared to put forward a motion calling for support for the NHS Bill?

Keep Our NHS Public have drafted a model motion that can be adapted by any union branch, local party or association to be used to make the NHS Bill law.

Please download the motion, and help build the momentum behind the NHS Bill.


The Myth of the ‘Demographic Time Bomb’

Myth of Ageing fact sheet-1How many times have you heard it? ‘People are living longer and the NHS can’t afford to look after them.’

Or perhaps – ‘Services won’t cope for much longer because the population is ageing; we have to come up with different solutions.’

These are myths. They are used to cover up the real reason for services being cut, which have nothing to do with the fact that people are living for longer. Our fact sheet explains why. Myth of Ageing fact sheet.

New NHS Reinstatement Bill campaign leaflet

Setting up a stall? Holding a hustings? Persuading the public? If so, we now have the leaflet that you need.

Available for free, as long as you’ll put them to good use.

It’s A5 size, and intended as a way to let people know about the campaign, and how they can take action.

To order a bundle, just email <info@nhsbill2015.org> letting us know your address and how many leaflets you’d like.

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