This paper will demonstrate that if these proposals are not stopped, the NHSwill cease to be a public service, free for all at the point of use. The health ofthe nation will be put at great risk.It is a story told by the voices and knowledge of the people who understandhow the NHS should work and how it has significantly improved the health ofthe country and supported the economy as a result.
Key areas explored:
Threat to Patients2.
Privatisation and EU Competition Law3.
Lack of Evidence4.
The Economy and Wasting Funds5.
Ignoring Moral ObligationsEach of these key risks will be explored within sections which detail the way inwhich our NHS is due to be delivered and the resulting serious impact uponmedical practice and patient care.
‘We can seek to dramatically improve the Bill-and make no mistake, it needs dramatic improvement-or we can reject it out of hand. If the Bill passes through the House without significant amendment,the consequences will be even more severe…….. on commissioning, public health, integration withsocial care, service-user engagement and quality and safety’.Lord Patel, House of Lords Cross Bencher,Chancellor University of Dundee
(Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges of Scotland 1994–95, and of the Academy of Medical RoyalColleges of the UK 1996–98. President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists from 1995 to1998, having been Honorary Secretary from 1987 to 1992 and Vice-President 1992–95)