If you’re British, and haven’t been living under a rock, you’ll know that the Tory Bill to accelerate privatisation in the National Health Service is to be debated by MPs again tomorrow (Monday, November 22).
It has come under sustained attack from health experts and campaigners who are committed to maintaining the high quality of care that we have come to expect from the NHS – quality that will be abandoned in favour of profit if the Tory Bill is passed into law.
And let’s make this clear: Profit Harms Patients.
Of course it does. If you’re running a health service to make money, then you don’t want people to get better.
You want them to stay sick so you can keep leeching money off of them.
And private health companies are likely to achieve that prolonged sickness in any event as many of their operations are botched so badly that the NHS needs to come in and clear up the mess in many cases. Or it did, the last time I heard anything about it.
That’s why people are saying things like
This week the Tory Party present a bill in Parliament to accelerate the handover of your NHS to corporations.
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) November 20, 2021
Never forget that Johnson said,
“Let the bodies pile high”
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) November 21, 2021
If you haven’t contacted your MP to demand they oppose the Bill, there’s an obvious question you need to ask yourself: Why not?
Don’t tell us, “Aw, well, s/he is a Tory so there’s no point.” There is always a point. If you show these people there’s enough opposition out here to mount a serious challenge to their career come election time, they’re going to start wondering whether it’s worth the risk.
If you’re outside England, don’t tell us, “Aw, well, it’s only in England so it won’t affect us.” It will affect you. I live in Wales and some procedures aren’t available here; if I need them, I’ll have to go across the border. The same applies in Scotland and I understand in Northern Ireland too.
And don’t tell us, “Aw, well, Labour’s going to try to amend it so it’s not quite as bad.” Labour cannot amend this Bill in any way that will help! And the simple fact is that Keir Starmer’s party doesn’t want to. It’s filled with Red Tory weasels who say they don’t like private health while actually supporting it (with a few honourable exceptions).
The Tory NHS Bill is a privatisation Bill. Putting forward an anti privatisation amendment doesn't change the fact the entire bill is to privatise the NHS. It is Labour's greatest achievement, so act like it – Vote down the entire thing, don't trash your own legacy. #BooTheBill
— Damien Willey #YourNHSneedsyou (@KernowDamo) November 20, 2021
It’s past time ordinary people in the UK woke up and realised what they voted for.
My honest opinion is that it’s probably too late. I doubt many Vox Political readers were stupid enough to vote for the NHS Privatisation Party (Conservatives) in 2019 but your neighbours probably did, or you have family or friends who did, on the basis that the guy who opposed it once saw a mural (or for some other nonsense reason).
And we all politely let them vote to turn healthcare in the UK from a right into a privilege for the very wealthy.
Put it all together and calling on your MP to oppose the Bill is the least you can do.
You can write to them via They Work For You – it’s easy.
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