24 October 2019
Yesterday MPs had the opportunity to put an end to NHS privatisation.
To end Richard Branson suing the NHS.
To end private healthcare companies draining NHS budgets.
To end the threat from a trade deal with Trump - because if we ended privatisation, our NHS would not be open for business the way it is right now.
Our campaign - with Keep Our NHS Public, and working in partnership with change.org, OurNHS, Global Justice Now, Health Campaigns Together, Trade Justice Movement, 999 call for the NHS, Socialist Health Association, Public Matters, Transnational Institute, New Economics Foundation, Doctors for the NHS, NHS Support Federation, Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill and Defend Our NHS - put this debate on the agenda.
Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth boldly took it forward and stood up for OUR NHS.
Battle lines were drawn. MPs took sides. They voted.
We’re sorry to tell you we haven’t won. YET.
The amendment read:
[Government wording followed by] ‘… but respectfully regrets that the Gracious Speech does not repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to restore a publicly provided and administered National Health Service and protect it from future trade agreements that would allow private companies competing for services who put profit before public health and that could restrict policy decisions taken in the public interest.
Labour, the SNP, Plaid, the Independent Group for Change, the Greens, and some Independents voted to protect our NHS from privatisation.
The Tories, DUP and other Independents voted for business as usual.
The Liberal Democrats abstained.
But it was close. It was the first time that MPs had seriously debated ending privatisation. And Labour strongly, clearly backed the idea of ENDING PRIVATISATION, in parliament.
The NHS is the issue people are most concerned about in this country after leaving the EU. If we do leave the EU, trade deals will put our NHS even more at risk.
MPs who refuse to acknowledge the risks are skating on thin ice.
So what happens next? We fight until we persuade every single MP in the country that they need to sign our pledge.
If your MP hasn’t signed yet, let them know you’re watching their every move. You won’t let them get away with failing to protect our NHS.
Take 1 minute to take action. We've tweaked the message in our template email to make it as persuasive as it can be, whichever party your MP belongs to.
If you haven’t written to your MP yet, NOW IS THE TIME!