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Nov 20th Parliament Vigil For NHS

Friday, November 7, 2014

GMB To Join Vigil Outside Parliament On 20 November On Eve Of Debate On New Draft Legislation To Rescue NHS From Competition Quagmire

Tory and Lib Dem MPs will have to answer to their constituents if they don’t take chance in upcoming Commons vote to undo damage done to NHS, says GMB

GMB members will join an NHS vigil on 20th November at 7pm outside the Houses of Parliament on the eve of the second reading of the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill on 21 November 2014.

This bill published today is a Private Members Bill put forward by Labour MP Clive Efford unpicks the hugely controversial Tory-Lib Dem reorganisation of the NHS. See notes to editors for link to text of the bill. The National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill is backed by the Labour Party.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer for the NHS, said “Clive Efford’s draft Bill is an important moment in the growing campaign to restore a publicly run NHS.

Backbench Tory and Lib Dem MPs will have to answer to their constituents if they don’t take this chance to undo the damage done by the coalition’s hugely controversial changes.

We are moving into a government-induced NHS crisis this winter. Health workers are taking a second wave of industrial action in the week commencing 24 November in a dispute over pay.

Since the coalition pushed through the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, NHS services have been sold off at an alarming rate. We have seen almost £12.5 billion worth of NHS services put out to market and some 70% of contracts handed to the private sector. GMB campaigned against the Tory-Lib Dem reforms from the beginning.

The NHS should be the provider of health services and alternatives desperately need to be found to the toxic PFI contracts that NHS trusts simply can't manage.”

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Contact Rehana Azam 07841 181 656 or Brian Strutton 07860 606 137 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

Notes to editors

Full text of Clive Efford's Private Member's bill is available via the following link:  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2014-2015/0018/15018.pdf

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