Letter to The Guardian re the NHS (Reinstatement) Bill 2015 – for publication by/on Saturday May 2nd 2015

On March 11 the NHS (Reinstatement) Bill 2015 was presented in Parliament with cross-party support. Its policies would comprehensively reinstate the NHS throughout England.

The Bill’s policies restore the Secretary of State for Health’s duty to provide universal listed health services throughout England based on people’s needs and not their ability to pay.

The Bill abolishes the expensive internal and external market, stops the break up of the NHS and returns the NHS to public control and accountability. This is vital to protect the NHS from EU trade treaties and others in the pipeline like TTIP.

They end the high costs to the NHS of PFI schemes. By making PFI debts a Treasury responsibility it removes the exorbitant costs of PFI from the NHS and enables the State to negotiate restoration of PFI services and assets into public ownership.

The British Medical Association, representing 150,000 doctors, has stated publicly that their members want a publicly funded and publicly provided national health service. It supports the principles behind the legislation which the NHS (Reinstatement) Bill proposes.

Many MP’s and PPC’s and some political parties now support the Bill (see http://www.nhsbill2015.org).

We call on the public to support the NHS Bill 2015 and to ensure that their parliamentary candidates now commit to supporting the reinstatement of the NHS through the Bill and to ensuring it is in the first Queen’s speech after the Election.

 

Professor Allyson Pollock   Professor of Public Health Research & Policy

Joanna Adams                 Founder, 999 Call For The NHS campaign group

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