Petition to stop new NHS Competition Regulations (SI257) being passed
To: Members of Parliament and of the House of Lords
We the undersigned call on both Houses of Parliament to ensure the NHS Competition regulations (SI 257) made under the Health & Social Care Act 2012, are subject to a full debate, and vote, on the floor of both Houses of Parliament, and that they are defeated or withdrawn.
Why is this important?
••• N.B. Please read note below before you sign••• These regulations - which will only go to a vote if parliament insists - would require virtually all health provision to be carried out in competitive markets, regardless of the wishes of either local people, GPs or local Clinical Commissioning Groups. They contradict assurances that were given by health ministers during the passage of the Act that it did not mean the privatisation of the NHS, and that local people would have the final say in who provided their NHS. For example, Lord Howe said then “Clinicians will be free to commission services in the way they consider best. We intend to make it clear that commissioners will have a full range of options and that they will be under no legal obligation to create new markets... this will be made absolutely clear through secondary legislation and supporting guidance as a result of the Bill”. Andrew Lansley said (in a letter to the Clinical Commissioning Groups set up to manage most health budgets) that “It is a fundamental principle of the Bill that you as commissioners, not the Secretary of State and not regulators – should decide when and how competition should be used to serve your patients interests..” We call on parliament to take all necessary steps to ensure these regulations, which would be incredibly damaging to the NHS, do not become law. For more information see this report: http://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/nicola-cutcher-lucy-reynolds/nhs-as-we-know-it-needs-prayer and this briefing paper from KONP: "http://west4mp.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/konp-section-75-parliamentary-briefing-february-2013-si257.pdf" (If you click on this link you will need to remove the quotes from the end of it - the quotes appear as %22 in your browser's address bar. You may do better to copy and paste it into your browser.) ••• Note: since I set up this petition 38 degrees have set up their own petition on the same subject. I am very grateful to everyone who has signed my petition, but I would suggest that any new visitors to this site should consider signing the 38 degrees one instead. It can be found at: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/nhs-section-75#petition Thank You, Charles West. •••