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
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.
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.
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
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.