Update: Sign the online petition to show your support for Clive’s bill: www.labour.org.uk/nhspetition, you can also sign the Government e-petition here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/68064
Clive Efford has presented a Private Members Bill to Parliament to save our NHS with wide-ranging Labour support. Clive presented his Bill on the same day as the Prime Minister refused to answer 6 questions on the NHS during Prime Minister’s Questions. NHS England’s figures show that the number of people waiting more than 4 hours in A&Es has increased from 353,619 in 2009/2010 to 939,494 after the Tories’ reorganisation – an increase of 166%.
The Bill looks set to become the defining moment of this parliament.
Clive says “It is absolutely essential that we act now to save our NHS before it is too late and top-quality healthcare for everyone is consigned to history. Locally we have seen the disdain which the Conservatives hold our local services in, with them promising before the last election that they would not close Queen Mary’s. Yet as soon as they were elected they shut it, and their so far thwarted attempts to shut Lewisham A&E.
“My National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill will reverse the devastating top-down reorganisation imposed on our NHS by the Tories. It will renationalise the NHS and save it from being dismantled further. And it will remove the dangerous competition and private care provisions which put private profits before patients’ care.”
“Time and again my constituents tell me how worried they are about the privatisation of our NHS – and they are right to be so. The NHS is the service which is there for us from when we enter the world to when we come to leave it and it is being shamelessly dismantled before our eyes. Quite simply private profits are being put before an integrated health care system, safe clinical decisions and ultimately patients’ needs, and this is reflected in the scandal over Lewisham A&E and the broken promises regarding Queen Mary’s.”
“That is why I am introducing my Bill to ensure how best to meet patients’ needs is once again placed at the forefront of our system, because without our health we have nothing.”
Private Members Bill allow MPs from all parties to introduce a Bill of their choosing.
In each session, twenty backbench MPs are selected by ballot to introduce a bill. Clive was the sixth name drawn out.
The first debate on the Bill will be on 21 November.