Lord’s Bill will help safeguard NHS

First published in Letters by

WHILE readers may be aware of threats to the NHS posed by the Coalition Government, in particular the Health and Social Care Act 2012, they may not be aware that Lord Owen has registered in Parliament the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill.

This Bill does not require a “top-down reorganisation” but does reinstate the legal basis for a democratic, accountable, free at point-of-use and comprehensive health service.

Specifically, the bill will reinstate the Secretary of State’s duty to provide health services that was formerly contained within sections 1 and 3 of the NHS Act 2006; Subject all NHS bodies and bodies providing services for the NHS to ministerial direction and repeal the duty of autonomy and restore sufficient ministerial control over provision consistent with the Secretary of State’s overarching duty to provide health services to the whole of England.

The democratic and legal basis for the NHS in England is abolished by the Coalition’s Health and Social Care Act.

This fundamental change which ends the legal basis of the NHS as a free and comprehensive service is already being felt, ahead of the shift to the new market system in April.

But this issue is far from over and the Defend The NHS York group among others in the region and nationally is pleased to welcome Lord Owen’s action.

Dr Mick Phythian, Monkton Road, York.

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11:06am Mon 4 Feb 13

Zetkin says...

I never thought I'd live to see the day when I approved of something Lord Owen did.
I never thought I'd live to see the day when I approved of something Lord Owen did. Zetkin
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12:10pm Mon 4 Feb 13

PKH says...

Just shows how good Cameron's promise was that the NHS would be safe in his hands.
Just shows how good Cameron's promise was that the NHS would be safe in his hands. PKH
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4:56pm Mon 4 Feb 13

old_geezer says...

Agree with Zetkin
Agree with Zetkin old_geezer
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9:23pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Richard Feynman says...

Who'll safeguard me from the NHS? Either being forced to pay for it, or dying from a staph. infection whilst going in one of its hospitals to ask for directions?
Who'll safeguard me from the NHS? Either being forced to pay for it, or dying from a staph. infection whilst going in one of its hospitals to ask for directions? Richard Feynman
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