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Contemporary motion: Rebuild our NHS
Conference notes that the NHS is in crisis due to privatisation, fragmentation and cuts – now being exacerbated by the Tories’ Health and Social Care Act.
Conference welcomes Andy Burnham’s commitment: “We will repeal the bill… that is saddling the NHS with a complicated mess.”
Conference believes Labour must return to the NHS’s founding principles: free healthcare at the point of need, through a publicly-owned, publicly-provided and publicly-accountable system.
Conference notes that on 3 August the Care Quality Commission issued a formal warning to the PFI-indebted, cash-strapped Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals Trust over poor patient care. We have also seen the privatisation of Hinchingbrooke Trust, which has massive PFI debts, and South London Healthcare Trust put into administration.
Conference notes that A&E units at Ealing, Charing Cross, Hammersmith and Central Middlesex hospitals are threatened with closure – a threat replicated around the country.
Conference condemns the 19 south-west Trusts pushing for regional pay, with Andrew Lansley’s approval.
Conference calls for the next Labour government to:
• Restore the Secretary of State’s duty to provide comprehensive healthcare.
• Repeal the Health and Social Care Act.
• Reverse privatisation and outsourcing at every level.
• Abolish PFI.
• Abolish Foundation Trusts.
• Abolish the internal market.
• Ensure decent, national wages, pensions and conditions for those working for the NHS.
• Fund decent provision for all through progressive taxation.
Conference calls on all sections of the party to work with the health unions and other NHS supporters to oppose privatisation, cuts and closures.