We are promoting the following resolution on the NHS for Constituency Labour Parties to submit to Labour Party conference 2013 (22-25 September, Brighton). The deadline for submission is noon on 12 September. The world limit is 250. Each CLP can only submit one resolution. To let us know you are submitting the text, or if you want any help with this process, get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or ringing 07904 944 771. For more on what happened at last year’s Labour Party conference on this issue, see earlier posts on this blog at labournhslobby.wordpress.com
Save the NHS!
Conference notes the 8 August announcement on A&E funding: an attempt to hide cuts and dismantling of the NHS.
Days before, the High Court overturned the closure of Lewisham Hospital, following sustained campaigning involving thousands of residents.
One cause of the South London crisis, as elsewhere, is debts resulting from the obscenely wasteful Private Finance Initiative.
On 1 August it was revealed the NHS paid Clinicenta £53m to end a Treatment Centre contract in Stevenage, after investigations into three deaths. Yet parent company Carillion may receive a £425m PFI contract at the Royal Liverpool.
In line with last year’s unanimously-agreed policy, the party should step up campaigning against cuts, privatisation and fragmentation in the NHS, including takeover of services by private companies, led by scandal-ridden Serco and G4S, or by charities.
We stand for universal provision for need and democratic accountability and control, through a publicly-owned, publicly-run NHS: not an NHS logo covering a profit-driven healthcare market.
We commit to:
Repealing the Health and Social Care Act and associated “competition regulations”.
Reversing other policies that have shifted the NHS towards a market system – including the wasteful “internal market”, the “any qualified provider” rule, widespread outsourcing/subcontracting.
Restoring the ministerial duty to provide a comprehensive service.
Excluding the NHS from international competition frameworks.
Cancelling PFI debts and replacing PFI with direct funding.
Reversing cuts and providing adequate funding to rebuild the NHS.
Making sure any integration with social care is under “NHS principles”: public, universal, funded free through taxation.
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