From the 1st of July 2022 our NHS across England will be reorganised. England will be divided into 42 new NHS bodies called Integrated Care Systems (ICS). Each ICS will be controlled by a board of directors with a duty to provide healthcare for people in our area.
This reorganisation of the NHS provides our local NHS leaders with an opportunity to reset the direction of travel of our NHS. Instead of continuing full steam toward more privatisation they must put the needs of local people first.
After a pandemic that has brought our NHS to its knees and following 10 years of chronic underfunding by the government, we demand that our local NHS leaders rebuild our NHS and get private profiteers out NOW.
Demand that your local NHS leaders commit to:
- Ban private companies on your local NHS board
- Ban private companies from making decisions in your local NHS
- End privatisation and outsourcing of NHS services in your local NHS
Send them our letter nOWSpread the word by delivering to people on your street, your workplace, your community centre, local businesses and to everyone you know. You can download and print your own posters and leaflets from these PDF files.
You can also sign up to be a We Own It contact in your ICS area. As a local contact you can sign off on quotes we send to local newspapers in your name and you may have the opportunity to appear on radio if you're willing - support and training provided. Sign up here.
We have more plans to support you to win locally, so refer back to this page for updates on more actions.
The Health and Care Bill only affects England, but when we all work together in solidarity across the nations for our NHS, we can change the direction for people not profit across the UK.
Local wins so far:
- Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire ICS - After months of campaigning led by Protect Our NHS BANES and We Own It, including getting coverage in Somerset Live, Bath Echo and other local outlets, the ICB chair, Stephanie Elsy, pledged that private providers will not have a seat on the ICS board.
- After local activists in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICS met with their MP and expressed their worry that the reorganisation could open the door to privative companies in the local NHS, the MP met with the chair of the ICS and recieved assurances that private companies will not have a sit on their board.
- A response to the campaign on behalf of the chair of the Sussex ICS board has pledged that private companies will not be included in their board.
- The chair of the Birmingham and Solihull ICS has pledged that private companies will not have a seat on their ICS board.
- In response to a question posed by a local councillor about the role of private companies in the Hertfordshire and West Essex ICS, an officer of the ICS indicated that there is no plan to include private companies on their board.
- The chair of the South East London ICS board has pledged, in response to letters from local people, that they will not appoint private companies to their ICS board.
- The chair of West Yorkshire ICS has pledged both that private companies won't have a seat on their board and that the board will not delegate any commissioning duties to any body or committee that includes people who work for private companies.