Professor Allyson Pollock, co-author of the NHS Reinstatement Bill, and three other eminent health professionals, Dr Colin Hutchinson, Professor Sue Richards and Dr Graham Winyard have begun a legal action against Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health.
They are arguing that introducing new commercial, non-NHS bodies to run health and social services – Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) – without proper public consultation and without full Parliamentary scrutiny would be unlawful. ACOs are one of the main mechanisms for implementing the policies Professor Stephen Hawking criticised last August.
This is a critical time in the move to privatisation and Americanisation of the NHS in England. It’s going to be a big fight to stop it, we need a lot of money and we need everybody who can to help.