Monday, 12 March 2012

Drop THe NHS Bill: An Appeal To Lib Dem Supporters

A Guest Post from Cllr Bet Tickner, Reading's Lead Councillor for Health and Community Engagement

Only days or weeks remain before the Tories try to force the disastrous and universally unpopular NHS bill into law, in the teeth of opposition from virtually every medical professional body and the public. Now Lib Dem activists have voted not to support the Bill at their weekend conference.

At this eleventh hour, Labour MPs have forced a Commons debate on the Drop the Bill e-petition, which was started by a GP and now has over 173,000 signatures – that’s a record - this Tuesday.

Let’s remember that there is no democratic mandate for this Bill – Cameron said before the last election that there would be no top-down reorganization of the NHS.

Nick Clegg says now “this is a bill for patients not profits”. It emphatically is not. GP commissioning will open the floodgates for private healthcare companies to drive into the heart of the NHS. This is because good GPs want to spend their time treating their patients, not on the cumbersome and complex task of commissioning.

I call on every Lib Dem supporter to ask their Lib Dem councillor or MP – where do you stand? What will you do to stop this Bill?

Will you now join with the public, the doctors and healthworkers who want an NHS which resolves the issues of the future, not through competition but by collaboration and cooperation to preserve one of the best healthcare systems anywhere in the world.

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