What you can do:
1. Write to your MP asking them to strongly oppose clause 118 in parliament. Click here:
http://bit.ly/1awmDm2 for suggested letter but please personalise it to your local circumstances. This is especially important if you have a Lib Dem or Conservative MP.
You can find your MPs contact details here: http://www.writetothem.com/
2. Can you spare another 5 minutes to write to your local newspaper? Suggested letter here: http://bit.ly/1doTeg1.
3. Are you a healthcare professional? Please sign a letter co-ordinated by campaigner Dr David Wrigley here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/Clause118.
4. You can also submit evidence about why you think this clause is wrong directly to the committee examining the bill at
To: Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health
Jeremy Hunt: Axe the hospital closure clause
Dear Secretary of State for Health,
We call upon you to withdraw Chapter 4 and clause 118 of the Care Bill (the ‘hospital closure clause”) that will make it possible to close viable hospitals without proper consultation.
Why is this important?
Recently, Jeremy Hunt lost his appeal against closing Lewisham Accident and Emergency. The law that protected it would be removed if Clause 118 passes.
The Clause will allow the government to close or downgrade any hospital in the country, with barely any consultation of local people, if there is a Trust in financial difficulties anywhere nearby. They will be able to appoint an administrator to one Trust who will be able to take decisions to fast-track the closure of hospitals in another area - no matter how successful or popular those hospitals are - using the 'unsustainable provider' legislation that was designed only for insolvent Trusts. If it becomes law, this Clause means that *no* hospital will be safe, no matter how successful.
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How it will be delivered
We will deliver the petition on 27 February, prior to a final vote in the House of Commons on clause 118, which is expected in March.