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Nov 9 11 6:14 PM

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David Cameron has ordered the biggest re-organisation of the NHS since it began in 1948. It is unnecessary, unwanted and damaging. It threatens to end the NHS as we have known it.

Many of you have already joined the thousands of people who have called on the Government to stop. But they are ploughing on, ignoring public and professional opinion.

It’s time to make them listen - Click here to tell David Cameron to Drop the Bill

If people speak with one voice we can still stop this Government’s reckless Health Bill.

That’s why today has seen the launch of the Drop the Bill campaign.

It will bring together all of the campaigns over the past year from all of the organisations that have been campaigning to save the NHS. It aims to show the full weight of opposition to this Government’s plans.

As Nye Bevan said:
[quote]“The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it”.
The NHS, one of our country's finest creations, has never been in greater danger.

Send a clear and unambiguous message to the Government – Drop the Bill. Click here

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Nov 9 11 8:37 PM

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There are just so many good reasons to oppose this Bill I wouldn't have time to list them all. Here's just a few:

The Bill will break up the NHS and create an unfair postcode lottery. With no national standards, there will be widespread variation in the treatments available on the NHS. In some areas, people may have to go private to get services available for free elsewhere.

The Bill risks rises in waiting times and a two-tier NHS. It scraps the cap on hospitals treating private patients at the same time as watering down guarantees on NHS waiting times. This means local hospitals will be free to treat more private patients and make NHS patients wait longer.

The Bill turns the NHS into a full-blown commercial market, putting competition before patient care. It allows private companies to cherry-pick quick profits, potentially forcing local hospitals to go bust. Hospitals could even be fined for working together.

The Bill undermines the bond of trust between doctors and patients. It creates conflicts of interest where financial incentives could interfere with medical decisions. GPs could even get a bonus for rationing your care.

This Bill is wasting money and creating bureaucracy. It is unforgivable to spend £2 billion on a reckless re-organisation when the NHS needs every penny it can get for patient care. Nearly £1 billion is being wasted on pay-offs for managers, only for many of them to be re-employed as consultants.

Right now, the NHS is facing the biggest financial challenge in its history. But instead of focusing all of its energy on meeting this challenge, the NHS is being distracted by a dangerous upheaval that has no democratic legitimacy.

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Nov 24 11 2:44 PM

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Just received the following information in this connection:

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Hello,

Firstly, thank you for signing our Drop the Bill petition. Your involvement is absolutely essential and I want to keep you right up to date with the latest developments.

We received over 20,000 signatures on the Drop the Bill petition in just a few days which is a great achievement and, now you are signed up, I want to involve you in building a massive campaign against the Tory-led Government’s reckless Health and Social Care Bill.

In the last few days we have had a major breakthrough - a local GP, Dr Kailash Chand has set up a Government e-petition calling on the Government to drop the Bill.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22670

This is a great opportunity for us to pile the pressure on the Government, and so I want to ask a favour from you. I am asking all people who have signed the Drop the Bill petition to sign the Government e-petition as well.

In addition, I am asking you to try to get four of your friends, family and colleagues to sign both petitions as well. We got 20,000 signatures in just a few days on Labour's petition - let's get 100,000 people to sign the Government e-petition.

Going forward, we want to build up both petitions. The more people who sign Drop the Bill, the more people we can call on to build the campaign. And the more people who sign the Government e-petition, the greater the public pressure on David Cameron to change course.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22670

Day by day, week by week we hear of more damage being done to our NHS – waiting times increasing, waiting lists growing and nurses’ posts being cut. David Cameron's Health and Social Care Bill will not just make matters worse it will change the NHS as we have known it, creating a postcode lottery and pitting hospital against hospital.

We need the Government to Drop the Bill and put the NHS first.

Sign the petition here and get four people you know, who care about our NHS to sign as well.

Thank you

Andy Burnham

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