The NHS Reinstatement Bill has its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday 24th February 2017. Here is a briefing written by NHA member Roger Gartland and adapted for NHAspace by NHA’s Deborah Harrington.
What does the Bill do?
The NHS Reinstatement Bill abolishes twenty five years of commercialisation of the NHS. Everything from Labour’s internal market and purchaser provider split to the Coalition’s NHS England and competitive tendering will go. In their place will be provisions to bring the NHS back into public ownership, including reducing PFI debt, protecting the NHS from trade treaties and bringing the staff’s employment terms and conditions together under an NHS Staff Council. Most importantly, the Bill reinstates the duty of the Secretary of State to secure the NHS for the public good as a service in which private profiteering has no place.
What difference does public service make to the NHS?
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