On Tuesday 28th June at 5pm, there will be a meeting in Parliament to brief MPs on how the NHS is currently undergoing a massive reorganisation in order to reduce its services and to further privatisation, and how this will not be stopped without the NHS Reinstatement Bill. The Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill is organising the meeting with Rachael Maskell MP, Labour MP for York Central and former head of health at Unite.
We need MPs to there. Please will you ask yours?
We want the NHS Bill to be re-tabled in the Commons as a cross party Bill – but this time presented by a Labour MP, supported by a cross-party group of MPs.
To make this happen we need the support of MPs, especially Labour MPs.
Please contact your MP to ask them to be there.
Suggested letter that you may like to personalise and send to your MP
Dear ………………………….. MP
The Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill is organising a meeting in Parliament with Rachael Maskell, Labour MP for York Central and former head of health at Unite, at 5pm on Tuesday 28th June in Commitee Room 12. Please will you consider my request to attend the briefing and take part in the discussion?
The meeting will brief MPs on the latest crisis facing the NHS and to debate why the NHS Reinstatement Bill is the opportunity to stop this and other systematic plans to fragment and undermine our NHS.
There is an added urgency: the NHS is currently undergoing yet another massive reorganisation of the NHS virtually in secret and it is happening now, with details to be coming out between July and October. This is through imposition of a sustainability and transformation plan (STP) in each of 44 new ‘footprint’ areas in England devised by Simon Stevens and the Department of Health.
The target is to reduce NHS expenditure within a straitjacket by demanding financial balance by March 2017. This will enforce dramatic financially driven cuts – the NHS is running at over £2.65bn deficit and this is getting worse. The impact will be widespread – downgrading of many A&Es, merging of services such as maternity units, transferring of services into the community without adequate funding and making the NHS more vulnerable to further privatisation.
This ‘transformation’ process starts now with STP plans, produced by each ‘footprint’ area, the deadline now early Autumn (initially it was end of June). This is under an ultimatum and threat of withdrawal of access to ‘transformation funds’ for any footprint area or trust not producing a financially neutral plan.
These plans, and further damage to the NHS, will not be stopped without the NHS Reinstatement Bill. It is in this context that I ask you as my MP to please take part in this important briefing event.
Thank you for your time and attention