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Jeremy Corbyn, Jon Ashworth, NIck Brown (Party Whip) and other 53 other Opposition MPs have sponsored a Prayer Motion (National Health Service EDM #2103) that calls for the annulment of a Statutory Instrument - the device used by the Dept. of Health to
sneak through secondary legislation - with fingers crossed no one would notice.
Well we did.
Jeremy Corbyn's Prayer Motion now has Parliamentary time on
Monday 18th March, 2.30pm PARLIAMENT CALENDAR
We now need to make sure Opposition MPs attend in person and vote to annul Statutory Instrument 2019 No.248 Amendments to Integrated Care Regulations.
Please write to your MP and ask them to attend and VOTE TO ANNUL SI 2019 No.248
Below is a suggested email you can copy and paste. Be sure to sign your email with Address and Postcode so they understand this is a constituency matter as well as national issue. (MPs often find themselves unable to act unless it is a constituency matter).
THE DEBATE IS ALMOST HERE! URGENT
Please call your MP's office and ask them to attend as a major priority.
Dear Labour Party Leadership Office
We welcome Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's Prayer Motion EDM #2103 to annul a piece of secondary legislation that seeks to substantively change the regulations underpinning the existing contractual arrangements for provision of NHS GP services.
Thanks to the PLP Liaison Officer who circulated a notice to MPs that they can and should support the EDM #2103. We are pleased to see the Prayer Motion now has parliamentary time on Monday 18th March. This is good news.
However, in order for EDM #2103 to succeed, we would ask the Liason Officer, or whoever is in a position of ability, to make a clear statement to the party MPs that they should attend the debate in suffucient numbers to pass EDM2103 and so annul the Statutory Instrument in question.
We are now concerned that without further practical action and planning on your part to make sure all Labour MPs understand their vital duty to pass EDM2103 the Prayer Motion will remain a symbolic paper gesture - and it will fail. The secondary legislation will pass into law. This is far too important an issue to let that happen.
According to parliamentary procedure this Prayer Motion is the only way to stop Statutory Instrument 2019 no 248, Amendments Relating to the Provision of Integrated Care Regulations 2019. Changes to the NHS must be openly debated and scrutinised by MPs. Not contained in documents that do not pass under parliamentary scrutiny.
It would enable new Integrated Care Providers (formerly called Accountable Care Organisations) to directly employ GPs, with the aim of delivering a whole range of hospital, primary care and community health services for a given area and its population in a way that would radically change patients’ (and GPs’) experience of the NHS.
Recent reports by the National Audit Office and the Nuffield Trust say there is no evidence that this would meet the intended aims of reducing costs and improving quality of patient care.
The Chair of the BMA has told GP members they 'should not feel pressured into entering an ICP contract as to do so could leave their patients worse off.' We must take this seriously.
This is urgent. This is an opportunity. NHS campaigners across England will support this with concerted calls to their MPs to attend the debate on Monday18th March and pass EDM #2103.
We very much look forward to hearing you have told all Labour MPs that it is vital for them to attend the debate and vote to pass EDM #2103.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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