While generations of us have been lovingly patched up by our NHS, proud to fund it with our taxes, successive UK governments have been quietly privatising it.
Decades of academic research, and the brave campaigning of doctors and nurses, has exposed how this stealth privatisation plot smuggled in private providers and US corporations while selling off NHS land and buildings.
Now, public health experts are sounding the alarm that the current Health and Care Bill is likely to be the nail in the coffin for our cherished public health service.
They are warning that the Bill will pave the way for the English NHS to be replaced by the profit-making American system, in which private health providers are incentivized to cut and deny care to increase profits.
The Bill is rapidly making its way through Parliament, set to become law early next year — so we do not have much time.
This is why today we are launching a national campaign to save the NHS. It’s called Your NHS Needs You! and is supported by unions, campaign groups, doctors, celebrities, and MPs from Labour and the Greens.
What can I do?
Take our five actions to stop the bill, and build the campaign to renationalise our NHS before it’s too late.
These Five Actions are just the beginning. If enough people do them, we lay the ground for other kinds of action, from marches to strikes.
The campaign is currently supported by a long list of actors, comedians, writers, and politicians who have recorded videos for us.
They include: Brian Eno, Russell Brand, Jo Brand, Frankie Boyle, Steve Coogan, Stephen Fry, David Tennant, Romesh Ranganathan, Shappi Khorsandi, Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Emma Kennedy, Kerry Godliman, Josie Long, Jess Fostekew, Cariad Lloyd, Suzi Ruffell, Jen Brister, Joe Lycett, Robin Ince, Angela Barnes, James Acaster, Ed Gamble, Lee Ridley, Tom Allen, Graeme Garden, Deborah Francis-White, Saffron Burrows, Juliet Stevenson, Samuel West, Vicky Mclure, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Charlotte Church, Clean Bandit, UB40, Captain Ska, Reverend and the Makers, Yanis Varoufakis, Peter Stefanovich, Lemn Sissay, Michael Rosen, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Becky Long-Bailey, Barry Gardiner, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Dawn Butler, Richard Burgon, Margaret Greenwood, Caroline Lucas, and Amelia Womack.
The campaign is also supported by Unite, DPAC, People’s Assembly, EveryDoctor, and We Own It. And new groups are lending their support each day.
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