We are 100% saying to MPs SCRAP STPS and SCRAP Accountable Care Systems!
From April 2018, several Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (last year, they were PLANS) - aim to become a new form of local NHS and social care organisation called an Accountable Care System. This is a new business model for health and social care based on the USA’s Medicare/Medicaid - which provides state-funded health insurance for people who are too poor or ill to get private health insurance.
The Sustainability & Transformation Partnerships - they began life as PLANS - are about to shrink the NHS and turn it into an American-style healthcare system under the control of non-NHS organisations who will "demand manage" our health. It sounds innocent enough but we are not convinced.
ie. restrict access to treatments - driving those who can pay, to seek private health care. Those of us who can't, will just make do with the minimum.
You know how the dentist works... that's what the NHS will become unless we demand MPs stop the privatisation now.
USA health companies are already moving in.
The Financial Times reported in early February that US investors are leading a “dealmaking spree in British mental healthcare”:
“Britain’s £16bn mental healthcare market is braced for a wave of consolidation as investors seek to take advantage of a rise in NHS outsourcing.”
This USA Healthcare interest in the UK is because their home market is expensive and congested. NHS England is a potential moneypot.
We are a grassroots campaign group with no ties or affiliation to any of the political parties, unions or major institutional bodies. We may come from a variety of political directions but we are fiercely independent thinkers and understand that as a committed campaign group we lobby everyone. That's our job.
We are fighting for the complete removal of private companies from the NHS.
We are fighting to keep Comprehensive Healthcare for All.
That's why we're still marching. Not necessarily always with our feet.
The campaign is marching to our local councils, parliamentary representatives, media.
And even to the courts.
We believe that campaigners
have to be able to appeal to politicians of all backgrounds because the NHS is an institution far greater and more important than transient everchanging party politics.
That is why we have never affiliated to any political party or group.
We need honesty. We need integrity. And we need to make MPs, local councillors and community leaders listen to the people they represent.
They need to stand up for Comprehensive Healthcare For All.
We need to bring ownership of the NHS back into public hands.