By 999 Call for the NHS, Oct 18 2019 11:32PM
The Labour Shadow Team is putting forward a significant amendment to the Queen's Speech in the debate on the Health section on Monday afternoon - it is second on the order for the session starting at 2.30pm.
Following a Queen's Speech there are days of debate put aside for amendments to it. An amendment does not of course allow for a detailed bill to be put, but it leads on to the next critically urgent task of having the renationalising, reinstating legislation prepared.
Steven Carne, Chair of 999 Call for the NHS said. “It is good to see the Shadow Health Secretary taking a positive step in challenging the hollow words of a Queen’s Speech created by a Prime Minister who has no care, no understanding of what the NHS means to ordinary people. Given the government position there is a real possibility that MPs could show their opposition to (the NHS Integrated Care Bill) Austerity politics and support for a return to an NHS free from USA style Accountable Care and private companies siphoning off public funds at the expense of patients’ lives.”
As the government doesn't have a majority, there is a chance that the House of Commons could pass the amendment and this would lay the foundation for future legislation like the NHS Reinstatement Bill to be created and passed. Incremental steps.
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It also calls for the repeal of the widely condemned Health and Social Care Act and the restoration of a publicly run and provided NHS. This has major implications for the future of the health service and will draw a clear dividing line between those MPs who support NHS privatisation, and those who don’t.
Dr Tony O’Sullivan, Retired paediatrician and Co-Chair of Keep Our NHS Public said
“The proposals on Health in the Queen’s speech are nothing more than electioneering. Promises of more funding by 2023/24 totally fail to compensate for funding shortfall of the last 10 years of over £30bn per year. According to the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), under this government current spending on NHS services contracted to the private sector has risen to 18% of the annual budget, up 23% over the last 5 years. Their proposals mean the privatisation trend is likely to further increase.”
Ellen Lees, from campaign group We Own It says:
"This amendment is absolutely vital. Boris Johnson is failing to protect our NHS from trade deals including with Donald Trump. Privatisation is already running rampant in our NHS. Our health service is therefore up for grabs in a trade deal, no matter what Trump and Johnson say is 'on the table'. MPs now have a chance to pick a side. They can stand with the 84% of the public who support a publicly owned NHS. Or they can open up our NHS to Donald Trump's private healthcare lobby."
PUBLIC RALLY OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT
There is also a public rally outside Parliament for those who can make it to support the amendment.
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