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To: All Members of Parliament
SUPPORT THE NHS REINSTATEMENT BILL TO BRING BACK OUR NHS
Please attend the House of Commons on Friday 11th March 2016 for the second reading of the National Health Service Bill.
Please ensure that the Bill is debated and vote in favour of the Bill.
Why is this important?
KEEP BACKING THE BILL!
KEEP SIGNING THE PETITION!
KEEP WRITING TO YOUR MP!
**UPDATE 30/7/2016** On 13th July 2016, the NHS Reinstatement Bill was successfully presented in the House of Commons, by Margaret Greenwood, Labour MP for Wirral West. Although opposed by Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, he did not call for a vote and so it was introduced by acclamation.
The debate was well attended by Labour MPs, including Jeremy Corbyn.
We think it’s positive the Bill wasn’t voted down, was presented by a Labour MP and has the support of the Labour front bench. But it needs to be published in full before its second reading on 4th November 2016, so we'll be keeping a close watch.
**UPDATE 27/5/2016** On Tuesday 28th June at 5 pm, a meeting will be held in Parliament to brief MPs on how the NHS is currently undergoing a massive reorganisation in order to reduce its services and to further privatisation, and how this will not be stopped without the NHS Reinstatement Bill.
If there’s a good turn-out of MPs at the meeting, there’s a good chance that the Bill will be re-tabled again in the Commons as a cross party Bill – but this time presented by a Labour MP. The Campaign for the Reinstatement Bill is organising the meeting with Rachael Maskell MP, Labour MP for York Central and former head of health at Unite.
The meeting is intended to help build support for the Bill amongst MPs, so please ask your MP to attend.**
**UPDATE 12/3/2016** We have been amazed at the number of people who have signed this petition, even since the debate closed. Fantastic. Please don't be put off signing as every signature helps to show and build support for the Bill.**
**UPDATE 11/3/2016**The petition was formally handed over on 11 March 2016, on the day the Bill was discussed in Parliament. The Bill was filibustered by Conservative MPs who spent 4.5 hours talking about their Bill, so only 17 minutes was left for the NHS Bill. However, there is a huge groundswell of support for the NHS Bill, and we will be looking at ways to reintroduce the NHS Bill to Parliament. But we need to build more support from MPs, especially those in the Labour party. So PLEASE do write to your MP asking them to back it. The campaign continues.**
The NHS in England is being dismantled. NHS services - including acute and emergency, children’s, elderly and maternity care - have been deliberately underfunded since 2010. The comprehensive care we’ve come to expect continues to be cut back.
Many services have been handed to private companies such as Virgin, Serco and US giant United Health, hiding behind the NHS logo. Valuable NHS buildings and land are being sold off to property developers, often as a result of the exorbitant costs of paying for new hospitals built under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI).
These are our services and our assets. We the public own them. And polls repeatedly show that most of us want to keep our NHS.
Privatised services cost the NHS and tax payer far more than when provided by our publicly owned and publicly run NHS.
That is because public health systems don’t seek profits. They don’t need to pay dividends to shareholders. They don’t have the added costs of private sector loans. And they don't have to pay the management fees that private companies charge.
A public NHS also doesn't have privatisation’s heavy marketing and contract administration costs of extra lawyers, accountants and management - at least £4.5 billion annually on one estimate and rising. Just cutting them, not NHS services, would go a long way to cover the shortfall between government underfunding and the NHS' needs over the next 5 years.
These huge commercial costs and the chaos caused by the ongoing NHS fragmentation are the direct result of privatisation. This is endangering the quality and safety of our public healthcare.
Privatisation isn’t just bad for the tax-payer. It's bad for our health.
That is why we need the National Health Service Bill to remove the costs and waste of privatisation. The NHS Bill will reinstate the NHS as a proper public service. It is due to get its second reading in Parliament on Friday 11th March 2016.
MPs usually return to their constituencies on Thursday nights. We need them to stay in London for Friday, March 11th, to do everything they can to make sure the Bill is debated, and to vote in favour of the Bill so that it proceeds to the next stage.
The Bill was presented to Parliament in July 2015 by Caroline Lucas MP with the cross-party support of 77 MPs. It is backed by the Green Party and the SNP, as well as by Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and other Labour MPs, one Plaid Cymru and one Liberal Democrat MP.
Please sign the Petition to show MPs that we, the public, want them to reinstate the NHS as a public service. It is their responsibility to do so.
And please write to your MP - whatever party she/he belongs to - stating your wish and urging him/her to back the Bill to bring back our NHS in England.
You can find out who your MP is, how to write your letter and get more information on the NHS Reinstatement Bill Group’s website: http://www.nhsbill2015.org/
And join in the conversation on Twitter: @nhsbillnow and #NHSBillNow.
Launched on 11th February 2016 this Petition originates from the NHS Reinstatement Bill Group, which includes the Bill’s co-authors Professor Allyson Pollock and lawyer Peter Roderick.
Backing for the Bill continues to come from NHS personnel across the spectrum, from paramedics, nurses and Junior Doctors to senior consultants and managers. Over 300, including well-known names (Alan Bennett, Keira Knightley, Melvyn Bragg, Damian Lewis, Helena Kennedy, Stephen Frears, Alexei Sayle, Darcey Bussell) signed a letter of support published in The Guardian on 4th March 2016: