EMERGENCY PROTEST AGAINST BACK DOOR PRIVATISATION
College Green opposite House of LordsBring banners, placards, street theatre and more!
Andy Slaughter MP and Steve Pound MP will join the protest.
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.
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