4 November 2021
As the Health and Care Bill, dubbed the Corporate Takeover Bill, is set to be taken to a vote in the House of Commons on the 23rd of November, MPs are facing growing public concern about the threats posed to the NHS. Without amendment, the bill will allow private companies to sit on bodies that decide how NHS money is spent, while contracts will be handed out to companies without accountability or transparency.
A new We Own It poll, conducted by Survation, has found that:
- 7 out of 10 of us are concerned that the Bill will mean NHS contracts being handed out to private companies without adequate scrutiny. This includes 70% of Conservative voters and 82% of Labour voters.
- 60% of us believe the legislation needs to be explicitly amended to make sure the NHS is the default provider. Currently, the government is scrapping requirements for competition while still allowing private companies to win NHS work.
- 51% think the government’s top priority should be dealing with NHS waiting lists and 29% think it should be making sure people can see their GP face to face, only 21% say the government’s priority should be to reorganise the NHS with new legislation.
Read the polling in detail here.
We Own It Director, Cat Hobbs, said: “This new polling shows the public, including the majority of Conservative voters, is rightly very concerned about the likes of Richard Branson getting contracts in our NHS by the back door. The NHS needs proper funding and it needs to be reinstated as a fully public service. Instead the government is undermining it by opening it up further to corporate interests. We’re calling on all MPs to take a stand now for our NHS and stop this Bill from damaging our health service.”