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Parliament to Debate Future of NHS


On the 6th and 7th of September, the controversial Health and Social Care Bill will be returning to the House of Commons for a third reading (and report stage). This could be the last opportunity for MPs to vote down the Bill or remove the most damaging elements. Despite Andrew Lansley's 'listening exercise' earlier this year, the Bill still proposes to:

  • Scrap the Secretary of State's legal duty to provide a free universal National Health Service.
  • Open up more of the NHS to private firms to run for profit.

New independent legal advice commissioned by campaign group 38 Degrees states that "Removing the Secretary of State’s legal duty to provide or secure provision of health services, and introducing a "hands-off clause", significantly reduces democratic accountability for the NHS. The responsibility for securing the provision of healthcare services will lie with unelected commissioners who will only be accountable to an unelected national quango."


At 7:30 pm on Monday 5th of September, local campaign group Keep Our NHS Public will be screning The Return of The Fear, a film by Anne Marie Sweeney. The film looks at the original purpose of the NHS - to remove the fear that poor people had that they or their relatives would be left to suffer and die because of a lack of money. The film will be screened in the Oxford Town Hall and will be followed by a debate.


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