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By Jenny Shepherd, Mar 7 2019 06:09PM


999 Call for the NHS is urging everyone to write to their MP to support NHS EDM #2013 which is an Early Day Motion called a “Prayer” Motion. It’s the only type of motion that can annul and stop secondary legislation.


This is urgent because the Department of Health has “quietly” introduced secondary legislation, in the form of a Statutory Instrument, to make major changes to NHS regulations that will damage the way in which GP/Primary Care and Commissioning works - and of course it will not benefit patients or staff.


We are asking MPs to use parliamentary procedure to call this legislation into question and annul the Statutory Instrument


Please visit our Prayer Motion page to find a LETTER TO MY MP template and more information. This is urgent we have until March 24th to get this annulled. It can be done.



Secondary legislation? What the Duck is all that about then?


In the light of raised eyebrows and lots of questions since we launched the Prayer Motion campaign - this blog post explains what secondary legislation is, when it was created and how it has been used and abused since it was introduced in the Statutory Instruments Act 1946.


The Parliament UK website says that:


Secondary legislation is law created by ministers (or other bodies) under powers given to them by an Act of Parliament - the Statutory Instruments Act 1946. It  is used to fill in the details of Acts (primary legislation). These details provide practical measures that enable the  law to be enforced and operate in daily life. 


Most secondary legislation is created, 'made and laid' as a Statutory Instrument.


Statutory Instruments (SI) were intended as a device to allow Ministers to make minor updates and amend existing Bills without bothering the House of Commons (or indeed any part of parliament) - allowing ministers to deal with localised and/or minor issues and changes to law without time-wasting debates in the Commons.


That’s the theory. The practice seems to be a bit different.





THE BIG CONCERN


The theory sounds like common sense, sort of... Until you notice the sharp upward trend in the use of Statutory Instruments through the Thatcher Years, into New Labour and the last ten years of this thing we call ‘Austerity’ government.


The red lines in the table below show a huge disparity between the number of actual ACTS (Primary Legislation passed in the Commons & Lords) and the number of Statutory Instruments.






By and large, because of the way they are made (the Negative Procedure), Statutory Instruments are only seen by ministerial committees. This means there is NO opposition oversight of or input into these legislative changes. In the case of this Statutory Instrument - it is not even required to have even nominal scrutiny by the cross-party-house Joint Committee of Statutory Instruments (Select Committee).


What’s the point of having Parliamentary opposition if it can’t oppose? To use the Mainstream Media’s classic line “where's the balance?” One party state, anyone?



Latest figures on the number of SI’s passing through unseen? The House of Commons Background Paper on Statutory Instruments (2016) says:


In the region of 3,500 SIs are made each year. Many SIs are not subject to any parliamentary procedure, and simply become law on the date stated. Whether they are subject to parliamentary procedure, and if so which one, is determined by the parent Act.


On top of this,look at the size of these Statutory Instruments. Given the number of pages, can they really contain only minor amendments and non-vital pieces of policy making?





According to Bracknell: “Statutory Instruments vary enormously in their scope from substantial pieces of legislation to considerable numbers of orders temporarily restricting traffic on particular local roads.”

The full easy-to-read Bracknell report is here: https://vdocuments.site/acts-and-statutory-instruments.html


So we have to ask - are Statutory Instruments now a way of changing Acts and regulations without Parliamentary debate and proper scrutiny?


If so much paperwork filled with items, appendices and addendums is passing through the corridors of parliament unseen by most MPs and Lords, is it any wonder that we are crying out “Democracy? What Democracy?”


This concern applies with a vengeance to Statutory Instrument 2019 No.248 The Amendments Relating to the Provision of Integrated Care Regulations 2019. It contains pages and pages of guff.


You can see for yourself - and pay special attention to PART 9 & 10.



It's a good job there is an Explanatory Memorandum to SI 2019#248 - be warned it’s uncomfortable reading but at least it’s in an English most MPs and members of the public can understand - if they were given the chance to read it of course.






If you haven't already please help make this happen. Don't be confused by Parliamentary Procedure.


Write to your MP from our Prayer Motion Page


Many thanks.












By Jenny Shepherd, Apr 26 2015 11:52AM


Can we trust the Labour party?
Can we trust the Labour party?

That would have been a ridiculous question once. But now....? Look behind the scenes and consider the following:-


Labour claims to be 'the natural party of the NHS', and cynically relies on that as its 'get out of jail free card'. Yes, Labour certainly created the health service, but it was a very different Labour party. It was the party of Attlee and Nye Bevan, sincere honest men who had the principles and courage to stand up to the rich and powerful to create our NHS. Would Blair, Brown, Balls, Mandelson, Murphy and the like have created the NHS?

Ed Milliband says he will stop the privatisation of the health service. But he also says Labour will 'cap the profits' of private companies which carry out private NHS contracts. That is NOT stopping privatisation. That just allows greedy private health firms to continue milking our NHS, while their clever accountants get round the rules.


Labour and Gordon Brown financially crippled the NHS with obscene debts for years to come by introducing the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). Labour clearly has a moral and social duty to make the necessary arrangements to remove the PFI burden from the NHS. Has the Party no shame about its role in inflicting that disgraceful plan on our health service? If the government could bail out the banks why can't a Labour government bail out the NHS?


We need to know, but we aren't being told.


The 'Reinstatement of the NHS Bill 2015' , which is needed to reverse the worst excesses of the coalition's hated 'Health and Social Care Act 2012' is strongly and widely supported by many senior NHS consultants, surgeons, doctors and other health service professionals, men and women who care passionately about the health service and know what it needs better than anyone.


Yet despite that overwhelming professional medical support the Labour party is actively hostile to the Reinstatement Bill!So why is the Labour Party against adopting the widely supported Reinstatement Bill? Who and what are influencing that Labour policy?


Who should we trust with our health service? Our doctors? Or the politicians?


Here's some food for thought:- How much of Labour's funding comes from sources with a substantial interest in NHS privatisation - the property and financial sectors, by far their biggest donors. And its third biggest private donor, a hedge fund CEO with $15 million invested in the USA's largest health care corp. United Health. Which just happens to be a prime bidder for the current £1.2 billion NHS Staffordshire sell-off and potentially a big player in the NHS stakes. And which happen to have the former United Health Europe President Simon Stevens heading up NHS England.


Some more food for thought; 37 Labour peers and 14 Labour MPs and ex-MPs now have financial interests in private health services!!! What was that about Labour being "the natural party of the NHS" ?

A far cry indeed from the party of Clem Attlee and Nye Bevan.


Could all that have anything to do with why the Labour leadership seems content to allow the private sector to maintain its hold in the NHS, provided its profits are capped at 5% as Milliband announced. The NHS privateers, with their creative accountants already ensuring minimal taxable UK profit must be laughing all the way to their tax havens.


However, the good news is that so far thirty six Labour MPs and parliamentary candidates have already stated they will personally support the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015 if they are re-elected.


The following list is just some of the political parties and organisations which support and campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015.


National Health Action Party. (NHA)

Scottish National Party. (SNP)

Plaid Cymru.

The Green Party.

The BMA, (British Medical Association)

The NHS Consultants Association. (NHSCA)

999 Call for the NHS. (DarloMums}

Keep Our NHS Public. (KONP)


The above list is by no means exhaustive, many prominent public figures also support the Reinstatement Bill, now known as the 'NHS Bill 2015'.


Use this link to contact all you candidates and ask them in a personal letter to support the NHS BILL 2015.

CONTACT MPS/CANDIDATES


Thank you.


Ray Thompson,


Editor's Note - he sent this to us with no request from us. He was just furious. Who are we to deny him his anger?




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