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Christopher Chope is one of the gobby Tories who have filibustered – talked until there’s no more time for debate – a series of worthy Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons.

Chope, a private landlord, filibustered a bill to make revenge evictions an offence.

He also filibustered a private member’s bill that would have placed restrictions on hospital parking charges for carers.

And he blocked a bill to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

Now he wants to introduce a Private Members’ Bill of his own – to introduce charges for a vastly-increased range of NHS services.

This is the thin end of the Tory wedge.

Having introduced private companies into the health service, Tories like Mr Chope want them to be able to charge extra for the care they have blocked the public service from providing.

What corruption.

It is obvious what must be done.

I look forward to hearing that Labour MPs have filibustered this ridiculous Tory and his ridiculous bill out of all reckoning.

MP Christopher Chope wants to increase charges throughout the NHS and will use the debate in the House of Commons to persuade his fellow Conservatives to include it in their next manifesto.

Currently NHS charges are restricted to only a few areas such as dentistry, eye tests, and prescribed medicines.

Right winger Mr Chope’s bill would open the floodgates to charging for a host of other services which could include GP appointments and some hospital procedures.


The National Health Service (Co-Funding and CoPayment) Bill would “make provision for co-funding and for the extension of co-payment for NHS services in England”.

Source: MPs set to debate charging patients to use the NHS – Mirror Online

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