Petition local doctors against further privatising NHS

From the excellent 38 degrees site:

The government’s plans to privatise and fragment our NHS are taking shape in Lewisham East.

Local doctors are forming a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for the area. They’re going to get new powers to decide what health services you and your neighbours are able to access and who provides them. [1]

Whether it’s treatment for diabetes, skin conditions, a broken arm or depression, profit-hungry companies like Virgin Care and Serco are circling, ready to bid for contracts by promising to slash costs. [2]

The doctors on your local CCG will be under pressure from the government to hand out contracts to private companies. That could put vital services at risk. [3] But the last thing most doctors want is to carve up our NHS for private profit. Plus, the new CCG has a legal duty to listen to local people. [4]

So right now, we’ve got a big chance to ask local doctors to use their new powers to protect our NHS, not privatise it. Together, we can make sure they hear from hundreds of local people as they make these crucial decisions.

Can you add your name to the petition to your local CCG now?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/CCG-petition


Donations from 38 Degrees members have funded lawyers to prepare robust wording for CCGs to write into their constitutions – protecting our NHS from the worst risks of the government’s plans. [5]

If we can get in early, while CCGs are still being formed, we can give doctors a better choice – one based on sound legal advice and the interests of patients, not private companies.

38 Degrees members will be able to work together to persuade their local CCG to write these safeguards into their constitutions. The government and the private health industry probably won’t like it at all, but there’s little they can do to stop people power.

First things first. Can you add your name to the petition in Lewisham East?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/CCG-petition

NOTES
[1] GP Online: GP and CCG relations: what are the challenges? http://insidecommissioning.gponline.com/2012/08/02/gp-and-ccg-relations-what-are-the-challenges/
[2] “Virgin Care…will take over integrated children’s services in the south-west in March 2013 and will run frontline services for three years. Critics have warned that such deals herald the breakup of the NHS, with private firms cherrypicking services.” Guardian: Virgin Care to take over children’s health services in Devon http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jul/12/virgin-care-children-nhs-devon
GP Online: Services open to “any qualified provider” revealed by DH http://www.gponline.com/channel/news/article/1149786/services-open-any-qualified-provider-revealed-dh/
[3] “…plans for a radical restructuring of the health service in England, which will give GPs control of much of the NHS’s £106bn annual budget, cut the number of health bodies, and introduce more competition into services” Guardian: NHS Reform Health bill passes vote

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/mar/20/nhs-reform-health-bill-passes-vote

BBC: NHS – The shape of things to come http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17457102
[4] Telegraph: Scrap NHS Bill, say doctors who will run reforms http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9112448/Scrap-NHS-Bill-say-doctors-who-will-run-reforms.html
Pulse: More GP commissioners withdraw support from health bill http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/newsarticle-content/-/article_display_list/13604675/more-gp-commissioners-withdraw-support-from-health-bill
[5] 38 Degrees blog: Top legal advice to save our NHS http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2012/09/21/top-legal-advice-to-save-our-nhs/

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8 responses to “Petition local doctors against further privatising NHS

  1. Anonymous

    I love a good impartial, scare mongering petition – especially by those good folk at 38 degrees.
    I am not saying they are right or wrong. It just seems that with the NHS there is hysteria on both sides. It’s impossible to trust anyone in this debate. The NHS is a budget black hole but well dare anyone try to fix it – drowned out by howls of “they are trying to close the NHS! It’s going to be come like the US!!!”

  2. Rupert Fiennes

    “Local doctors are forming a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for the area. They’re going to get new powers to decide what health services you and your neighbours are able to access and who provides them. [1]”

    How dare they remove the funding and power from a bunch of bureaucrats at a Regional Health Authority and give it to a local group of doctors who deal with actual patients! Shocking!

    “Whether it’s treatment for diabetes, skin conditions, a broken arm or depression, profit-hungry companies like Virgin Care and Serco are circling, ready to bid for contracts by promising to slash costs. [2]”

    Well, I’m sorry, but I really don’t care who provides my healthcare. I have no ideological hangups about who does it, provided they do a good job. Why is this a matter of passionate debate?

    Unless, of course, the fact that the NHS employs millions of state employees, the majority of which belong to unions, is something you wish to encourage for political reasons, e.g they provide a very useful payroll vote…

    • Rowland Evans

      ‘Rupert Fiennes’ and your icon suggest this is a tongue in cheek reply
      (forgive me if I am wrong) with you acting the part of an Alan B’stardian
      character showing total contempt for the people who might lose their jobs.

  3. Rowland

    This is worth a read

    http://socialinvestigations.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/over-60-mps-connected-to-companies.html

    Any MP with vested interest in private care should not be allowed to vote
    on Health matters

    • Jean A.Pownall

      What happened to Cameron’s promise in his manifesto to protect our NHS? HE is a liar along with his front bench cronies. They are determined to destroy the NHS. Private enterprise doesn’t work , except for greedy grabbing shareholders. When Labour win the next general election they must act as honest fair minded socialists not luke warm tories and take back what belongs to the people without any compensation, they, the greedy ones have taken enough already

  4. Mr B’stard, You say you don’t care who provides you healthcare as long as they do a good job of it.

    “As long as they do a good job of it.” That’s is a massive caveat you treat as a throwaway line. If you privatise children’s healthcare services, what happens if it implodes a la G$S and the security at the Olympics? Will the army step in? Private company’s fir loyalty is to their sharholders, not us.
    When something went wrong during a private op my dad was having, what happened. They picked the hpone up and got an ambulance to get shot of him because they didn’t have the facilities to treat him

    They still sent him a bill for eight grand though after the NHS saved his life!

  5. Matthew Gough

    It’s a very emotive subject and, if one looks closely, the petition doesn’t ask the doctors to ‘save our NHS’, it asks them to listen to the views of the patients and make educated descisions based on the clinical needs of the patient group based on best practice and with the medical needs of the patient put before financial benefits. As a consequence I signed the petition.

    I think it’s inevitable that a private company will have to put the interests of the shareholders first, and hence shouldn’t be entrusted with primary care, however it’s also clear that the NHS is seriously bloated ad wasteful in its non-clinical management side, so hopefully the doctor led funding teams will reduce wastage on un-necessary admin and improve patient care without actually needing any more funding… We shall see.

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