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I have voted against the Tory’s Health and Care Bill – which would be more accurately called the Corporate Takeover Bill.
The pandemic has shown how interconnected and interdependent public health and economic health are. With our society facing further seismic public health issues, namely an ageing population and the health impacts of a heating climate, the case for prioritising well-being – including through the provision of universal healthcare – has never been stronger.
I will not support reforms which will usher in a huge transfer of decision-making power to private companies and democratically unaccountable third parties through innocuous sounding “Integrated Care Systems”.
This will not guarantee my constituent’s right to access the healthcare they need, when they need it. Instead, they will likely lead to more and more services – community care, mental health, physiotherapy – being pushed out of the NHS.
Although the UK famously does not have a written constitution, NHS England does. Spelled out in that constitution is a commitment to the existence of a “comprehensive service, available to all” which “belongs to the people”, where service provision is based on need, “not an individual’s ability to pay”.
Just imagine the kind of society we would have if such principles were extended to all public services and areas of public life, and strengthened rather than weakened in the NHS. Unfortunately, these principles are not shared by Tory MPs, who are tearing up the NHS’s constitution with their corporate takeover bill.
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