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EMERGENCY PROTEST AGAINST BACK DOOR PRIVATISATION
Tuesday 05 March 1.30pm
College Green opposite House of Lords
Bring banners, placards, street theatre and more!
On 5th March a Lord’s committee will discuss secondary legislation that will mean 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.
There is an urgent need to raise the public profile about what this threat represents and organise action against it.
- Please could you help by publicising the protest and circulating this email.
- If you could help with press or publicity, placards or in other ways please let us know.
- Ask your MP to raise the issue and join us at the protest.
- See below for information about petitions and other action you can take.