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Vote Against Care Bill Clause 118

Friday, December 20, 2013

GMB Call On East Anglia MPs To Vote Against New Clause In Care Bill Which Gives Powers To Government To Close Local NHS Facilities

This would give the Health Secretary unprecedented powers to close or privatise services and hospitals at their whim says GMB.

GMB is calling on local MPs in East Anglia to vote against an amendment to the Care Bill which gives the Secretary of State powers to close or privatise services and local hospitals at the government’s behest.

GMB have written to local MPs Henry Bellingham and Liz Truss, calling on them to vote against clause 118 and to secure the long term future of services including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn by committing to a publicly owned, publicly run and publicly funded NHS.

The new clause was inserted by Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt in the wake of the judgment over Lewisham Hospital, in which the Health Secretary was deemed to have acted beyond his powers in trying to cut the hospital A&E and maternity services.

GMB will be part of a lobby of the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group from 9.00am on 30th January, venue TBC.

Steve Sweeney, GMB Regional Organiser said “This clause that has been inserted into the Care Bill is a pernicious and sneaky piece of legislation that must not be allowed to pass into law. This would give the Health Secretary unprecedented powers to close or privatise services and hospitals at their whim.

Even hospital Trusts that are performing well could face being axed so nowhere is safe. The QEH in King's Lynn is in a precarious and vulnerable position as it has been placed in 'special measures'.

GMB have written to the local MPs asking for them to vote against the 'hospital closure clause' and campaign for increased NHS funding instead of the savage cuts being imposed by central government. Tory policy is destroying the NHS as we know it and we must stand together and fight for it like never before”.

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Contact: Steve Sweeney GMB Organiser on 07703 469403 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289880.

 

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