Mike Amesbury MP on a defend the NHS rally in Chester.
Mike Amesbury MP on a defend the NHS rally in Chester.

I recently attended a regional rally in Chester to defend the NHS and call for a proper pay rise for the workforce not the 3% insult offered by the Tories.

My big fear is the Health and Care Bill going through Parliament will ‘turbocharge’ NHS privatisation while giving the green light to Tory cronyism.

The Government says it wants to build a modern health and care system that delivers better and more joined-up care in local communities.

Labour is opposing the Bill fearing the opposite is the case.

In particular, my worry is removing the compulsory competitive tendering process for health services will actually make it easier for them to be contracted out to the private sector without checks.

The Bill hardwires private providers into a new NHS landscape, delivered via 42 Integrated Care Organisations (ICOs) remote from the communities they are supposed to serve, with built-in rationing from the start.

Private operators like Virgin Care can have a seat at the table of an ICO.

The cronyism and VIP fast lanes exposed by this opposition and by campaign groups during the pandemic will be given a green light by statute if this Bill passes.

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