Jeremy Hunt attacked him on social media and in the Press.
But Prof. Hawking is not backing down - and we should continue to support him.
We're using the public debate opened up by Prof. Steven Hawking to ask all our MPs about their knowledge of the NHS, the involvement of USA companies like Kaiser Permanente. This is timely and should be used as soon as possible.
Dear (MPs name),
Following recent public statements by Professor Stephen Hawking highlighting the fact that the NHS is under threat from large American private health companies I am writing to you to express my deep concerns.
Although he refutes Professor Hawking’s accusations, in his remarks to the Health Select Committee in may 2016, Secretary of State for Health, Mr Hunt, casually mentioned his belief in a 'Kaiser Permanente' (KP) model for the NHS.
As you will know, Kaiser Permanente are one of the major players in the US private health industry, and have a very chequered reputation. Their website contains a glowing paragraph about how Mr Hunt has now visited them twice.
It is very concerning, at a time the NHS is being crippled by Conservative Government underfunding, and Mr Hunt talks of splitting it up into precisely the kinds of unit Kaiser Permanente operate in the USA, that our Secretary of Health should seemingly have such close and warm ties to them. Transparency is of course the best way to allay these concerns.
I would like to ask you, therefore, to ask for an urgent full enquiry into Mr Hunt's links to Kaiser Permanente. I would like answers to these questions:
WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL COUNCIILLORS AND YOUR LOCAL MEDIA
ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE STPS AND THE NEED TO SCRAP THEM AND STOP THE MOVE TO AN USA STYLE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
Let us know what responses you get too.
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