Motion passed by Labour Party conference

The following is the composite text passed unanimously by Labour Party conference at the start of October 2012. Large parts of it are based on the resolution promoted by this blog (here).

In many ways it is highly inadequate, even as formal policy. We should make sure that anything submitted to the 2013 conference is sharper.

But the real issue is having a fight to make sure that Labour Party policy is put into practice – not just something the leadership can ignore.

When Hull North delegate Pat Smith proposed the motion, he said:

“We were right to scrap the internal market in ’97, and wrong to reintroduce it under another name. We should say that openly, put forward a bold alternative, and voters will respond. They’ll also respond if we end the madness that is PFI and outsourcing. We now know that the 717 PFI projects have a value of only £54 billion, but they have cost us £301 billion! We have to say: no more PFI.”

This got a huge cheer and round of applause. For Pat’s full speech see here.

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Composite 4 – Health & Social Care

Conference believes the NHS is a cherished institution which epitomises core British values of equality and fairness for all, people appreciate the role it plays in ensuring that no matter who you are, or how much money you have, your right to decent health is a given. Conference notes that the NHS is in crisis due to fragmentation and cuts and a threat of privatisation. Conference welcomes the commitment to repeal the Health and Social Care Act that has exacerbated the free market free for all.

Conference condemns the 19 South West Trusts pushing for regional pay. Conference condemns privatisation and notes that A&E Unites around the country are threatened with closure. Conference also notes that South London Healthcare Trusts is being put into administration.

Conference calls on the next Labour Government to restore the secretary of State’s duty to provide comprehensive healthcare, stop this Government’s privatisation and liberate the NHS from extortionate PFI charges. Conference urges all sections of the Party to work with health unions, the medical and other health professionals and NHS supporters to campaign against privatisation, cuts and closures and to restore the principle of a publicly owned, publicly provided, and publicly accountable NHS funded by progressive taxation and delivering care on the basis of need and not ability to pay.

Conference urges all sections of the party to work to ensure decent, national wages, pensions and conditions for those working for the NHS. Conference notes the decision to declare the South London Healthcare Trust an “Unsustainable Provider” and to appoint a Trust Special Administrator (TSA) to take over its management.

Conference believes the Labour Party should re-assert this commitment: our fundamental purpose is simple but hugely important – to restore the NHS as a public service working co-operatively for patients, not a commercial business driven by competition, to re-assure the public that we share their values, and will maintain a publicly funded, comprehensive health service, free to all who need it at the point of delivery.

Moved: Kingston upon Hull North CLP
Seconded: Greenwich and Woolwich CLP

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