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ACOs will replace the NHS in England very soon - help bring about debate & vote

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Roy Trevelion
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ACOs will replace the NHS in England very soon - help bring about debate & vote
Posted on: January 7 2018, 08:34 am

Dear All,

The government plans to bring into force the new Accountable Care Organisations so that they are up and running in the next few months.

These new systems will come into force without debate or vote. This is undemocratic. However, you can ask your MP to sign an early day motion calling for a vote on ACOs https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/660.

Here is a short article in my local newspaper in Camden, from Camden New Journal, Thursday 4 January 2018:

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Warning over NHS companies

“Camden members of the Socialist Health Association have sounded an alarm over the latest government plans to transform the way the NHS is run.

“Proposed ‘Accountable Care Organisations’ (ACOs) would see a new body similar to those in the US take over from the current clinical commissioning groups system.

“Critics warn that they will increase the stake of ‘cherry-picking’ private companies in the NHS and lead to buildings being sold off.

“SHA member Roy Trevelion, who lives in King’s Cross, said: ‘It is important, and urgent, that we shine a light on these plans for the NHS because it is absolutely in the public interest and in the interest of Camden Council and the residents of Camden.’

“Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq has signed an early day motion calling for a House of Commons vote on the new system before it is introduced.

“The NHS says ACOs are a way of uniting health providers in the same geographical area.”
Dear CAB members, please write to your MP and ask them to sign the early day motion. This will affect all hosptials and clinics in NHS England – not just Camden. (But note, front bench MPs don’t usually sign them.)

Please see https://www.sochealth.co.uk/2017/12/03/accountable-care-systems/
and another ACO called the Alzira model https://www.sochealth.co.uk/2018/01/02/the-alzira-model/

All the best,
Roy
 
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