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16 organisations call for NHS Bill to be halted

Joint statement on Health and Care Bill in Queens Speech and Feb 2021 Government White Paper: Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all.

We call on the Government to halt the rollout of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) in the English NHS, and the further changes set out in the February 2021 White Paper and NHSE proposals for reform of the payment system.

The proposals represent a major reorganisation of the NHS, with far-reaching consequences for patients and staff including:

  • Increased scope for privatisation and deregulation of the market private companies potentially represented on ICS boards and at the heart of NHS management

  • Lack of transparency, reduced accountability to local authorities and loss of voice for local communities

  • Unexplored implications for social care

  • Major potential impacts on staff, including loss of nationally agreed pay, terms and conditions; flexible working across locations and job roles; and professional deregulation

  • Reduced access to face-to-face appointments and increased reliance on digital apps

  • Confidential patient data – which has huge commercial value and potential for future misuse - in the hands of multinational corporates

We demand an extended and meaningful consultation with the public, NHS staff and unions, and Parliament, to decide how health and social care services should be provided in England.

999 Call for the NHS Calderdale and Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS Doctors for the NHS Doctors in Unite EveryDoctor Health Campaigns Together Just Treatment Keep Our NHS Public National Pensioners Convention NE London Save Our NHS OurNHSOurConcern Politics of Health Group Save Liverpool Women's Hospital Campaign Socialist Health Association Tower Hamlets Keep Our NHS Public We Own It

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A templated letter to you MP can be found below

Dear .........MP,

With the Queen’s Speech today confirming the government's intention to bring forward legislation on the NHS, I am writing to share with you some resources that you might find useful.

NHS campaigning organisations are united in their opposition to the Health and Care Bill as it stands. Please see below for a statement signed by 16 organisations including the National Pensioners Convention, EveryDoctor and Keep Our NHS Public.

46,000 people have already signed the petition against the government's proposals.

On behalf of those people, we ask you to oppose the Bill and defend an NHS which works for people not profit.

For a more detailed analysis of the proposals we would recommend these briefings from Public Matters and Keep Our NHS Public.

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,


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