A protest against back door privatisation of NHS will take place on Tuesday 5th March 2013, from 13:30 at College Green, opposite House of Lords.
London Keep our NHS Public have called the protest on Tuesday, as the proposed privatisation regulations under section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act are to be discussed at House of Lords on the day. There is an urgent need to raise the public profile about what this threat represents.
The committee at House of Lords will discuss secondary legislation which would effectively mean that virtually all NHS commissioning will have to be done through competitive markets.
On 13th February 2013 the Government published the regulations (SI 257) under Section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. This Statutory Instrument (SI) will be going to the Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee on 5th March; this Committee will then report to the House and the regulations would become law on 01 April.
Assurances were given by ministers during the passage of the Bill through Parliament that it did not mean the privatisation of the NHS, that local people would have the final say in who provided their NHS.
The regulations just published break these promises by creating requirements for virtually all commissioning done by the National Commissioning Board (NCB) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to be carried out through competitive markets, which will have the effect of forcing through privatisation regardless of the will of local people. They contain legal powers for Monitor to enforce the privatisation spontaneously or at the request of private companies that lost bids.
What you can do:
- Sign the petition
- Ask your MP to raise the issue
- Come to the protest on 5th March and bring banners, placards, street theatre and more
For more information please go to Keep our NHS Public website.