Keep Our NHS Public has produced this motion for any organisations to adopt and then use as the basis for campaigning to support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. This cross – party bill will have its second reading on 11 March 2016.
Calderdale Trades Council and West Yorkshire TUC have already adopted this motion, along with Calderdale People’s Assembly, Calderdale Green Party and various other groups including us and Calderdale 38 Degrees NHS campaign group.
Motion: Support for the NHS Bill to reinstate a publicly funded, publicly provided and accountable NHS
xxxxxxxxxxxx notes that the NHS is becoming increasingly fragmented, costly, and inequitable and the state no longer takes responsibility for the nation’s health.
We need our health services to be comprehensive, transparent, equitable and affordable. The only way all these goals can be attained is through full public ownership.
On 1 July 2015, 12 MPs from five political parties including Jeremy Corbyn and Caroline Lucas tabled the National Health Service Bill in the House of Commons, based on the second version of the NHS Reinstatement Bill. The NHS Bill is scheduled for its second reading on 11 March 2016
We note that the NHS Bill sets out the way to fully restore the NHS as an accountable public service by reversing 25 years of marketisation in the NHS, by abolishing the purchaser-provider split, ending contracting and re-establishing public bodies and public services accountable to local communities. It gives direction for the integration of health with social care and it removes the NHS from EU competition law.
The Bill has the official backing of the Medical Practitioners Union, the BMA, The Green Party, the SNP, Keep Our NHS Public (KONP), Doctors for the NHS (previously the National Health Service Consultants Association), and Disabled People Against Cuts.
The Bill is also supported by many prominent individuals, including Joan Bakewell, Natalie Bennett, Helena Kennedy, David Owen, Wendy Savage, Melvin Bragg, Alan Bennett, Ken Loach, Sienna Miller, Michael Morpurgo, Peter Pinkney, Jonathan Pryce, Steve Redgrave, and over 70 more individuals who signed a letter published in the Guardian calling for a bill to reinstate the NHS.
xxxxxxxxxxx calls on (the Union/ the political Party/ the community group etc) to support the NHS Bill as official policy and for national bodies and national officers to actively campaign for its promotion by using media and working with other campaign groups and trades unions.
We also call on individual members to promote the bill and to lobby their own MP both via the Bill’s website http://www.nhsbill2015.org/the-bill/ and directly through local action.