The Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill warmly welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment as leader of the Labour Party to reverse the privatisation and marketisation of the NHS in England. This is a significant moment in three years of campaigning for legislation to reinstate the NHS which Jeremy, John McDonnell and a small number of Labour MPs have backed in the Commons alongside cross-party support from Green, SNP, Lib Dem and Plaid Cymru MPs. It is now essential that this commitment becomes official Labour Party policy.
Professor Allyson Pollock, co-author of the NHS Reinstatement Bill said:
“I am heartened by Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to introduce legislation similar to the NHS Reinstatement Bill in order to end the systematic privatisation and marketisation of the NHS in England over many years and to reduce and end the burden of the private finance initiative. I also fully support the restoration of bursaries for student nurses. Improving public health and reducing inequalities will not happen while public funds are diverted to shareholders of private companies away from patient care and staff.”
On 13th July 2016, the NHS Reinstatement Bill was successfully presented in the House of Commons, by Margaret Greenwood, Labour MP for Wirral West, with its second reading scheduled for 4th November 2016. Read more here.