I found this on my brother Beastrabban’s Weblog and it is well worth passing on to a wider audience:
It seems Matt Hancock and the Tories haven’t given up on their wretched plans to privatise the NHS. The Health Secretary is planning to introduce legislation that will allow private healthcare companies on to the management of NHS organisations. Apparently, this has already happened with Virgin sitting on the board of the NHS in Bath And North-East Somerset. The anti-privatisation organisation We Own It is planning a day of protest against this latest move to break up the health service next Thursday, with symbolic tugs of war taking place between the public and private healthcare companies up and down the country. I got this email from them yesterday.
“Matt Hancock is planning legislation that will let private companies make decisions about our NHS care.
“It’s already starting to creep in – Virgin were given a seat on the new NHS body in Bath and Somerset.
“You can help to stop this in its tracks by making an impression all across the country with a clear image: this is a TUG OF WAR between you and private companies.
“Will you join in the National Day of Action on July 17th and organise a local ‘tug of war’ stunt to say NO to the private takeover of our NHS?
“We think this legislation is coming to parliament quite soon.
“So NOW is the time to get organised.
“By organising an eye-catching ‘tug of war’ stunt, with private companies on one side and US on the other , you’ll be helping to get the news out and show our collective outrage.
“Don’t worry if you’ve never organised an action like this before, we’ve got you covered!
“The stunt doesn’t need to be big. It just needs you, a few friends and a rope!
“Will you be part in the National Day of Action on July 17th to stop Virgin making decisions about our health and our NHS?
“The government is trying to put on a spin on this bill, saying it will end privatisation, because they know privatisation of our NHS goes down like a lead balloon.
“So it’s VITAL that together we get a huge amount of coverage for the Day of Action.
“We can support you every step of the way.
“What about the rest of the UK? This bill will mean disintegration of our NHS in England. Luckily the rest of the UK is not going ahead with these plans yet.
“But it is not a good sign for the direction of our NHS as a whole, long term.
“We’ll have action for everyone take on July 17th to say no to this private takeover.
“Thank you for being part of this fight. You’re not alone in fighting for our NHS.”
This is a matter very close to the Beast’s heart as he is undergoing treatment for a long-term illness. While he can’t take part himself, he urges the rest of us to do our bit.
Sadly, it seems he has given up on Labour’s Keir Starmer:
“Starmer should be doing this, but like the good Blairite he is, when it come to tackling capitalism he’s nowhere to be seen.”
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