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Love the NHS? Take 30 seconds to stop the carve up

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Roy Trevelion
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Love the NHS? Take 30 seconds to stop the carve up
Posted on: October 21 2018, 07:26 am

Hi All,
We Own It have asked for your signature to stop the NHS carve up. Please see here: https://weownit.org.uk/ICP-petition-NHS

The government wants to carve up the BIGGEST CHUNKS YET of your NHS and open them up to privatisers like Richard Branson.

23,000 people have now signed the petition to send a strong message responding to the government's consultation: we love our NHS and we won't let it be carved up. Will you join them?

Unaccountable, non-NHS organisations could be given contracts to run NHS services for half a million people, across a whole geographical area, for 10-15 years.
 
This means, for example, if you need a hip replacement and Branson doesn't want to provide it, you wonít get one. Itís not clear how you can hold him to account or whether heíll have any legal obligations to patients. Plus, youíre stuck for 10-15 years.
 
The government has already been forced to rebrand these absurd plans - and forced to consult the public. Let's stop them altogether.

The needs of people like you and your friends and family should determine what services our NHS provides. Not private companies angling for a profit.
 
Right now 195 local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are in charge of meeting your needs as an NHS patient.
 
Theyíre not perfect by any means. CCGs are under huge pressure from cost cutting by the government. Services like hip replacements, fertility treatments and cataract surgery are already being restricted - leading to a postcode lottery for patients.
 
Nevertheless, campaigners have won victories by holding CCGs to account. For example, NHS campaigners in Sheffield have saved vital services from being closed and in Worcestershire, plans to restrict access to hearing aids were dropped after input from patients and the community.
 
You can win victories when the NHS is accountable. But what about when your local doctor and hospital answer to privatisers like Richard Branson?

The new 'ICP' contracts would mean that CCGs handing over responsibility for patient care to organisations which are not part of the NHS.

The ICP organisation would not be subject to public scrutiny. Itís not clear how you would hold them to account when they can hide behind commercial confidentiality.
 
The new contracts might go to private providers like Virgin, Capita, Serco or United Health (an American company) or they might go to new public-private partnerships like Viapath (a jointly owned company created by NHS trusts and Serco to deliver outsourced pathology services).

You can read more and sign the petition here: https://weownit.org.uk/ICP-petition-NHS

All the best,
Roy
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