The Health and Social Care Bill will bring the fear back because its long term goal is to provide a minimal safety net rather than a comprehensive care service. That is why Lord Owen has called this bill, “the Secretary of State Abdication bill”. Mr Lansley wants to remove the duties and powers of the Secretary of State to provide a comprehensive health service to all citizens. This is a key reason why he needs new legislation to achieve his aims.
The Health and Social Care Bill has no democratic mandate, it lacks any sound evidence base, it is ideologically driven, it is highly unpopular with the majority of healthcare professionals (most notably GPs), and it undermines the founding principles of the NHS, which is the most popular institution in Britain. It is an affront to the citizens of the UK.
As co-chair of the NHS Consultants' Association, which actively supports and promotes Bevan’s idea of a publicly funded, publicly delivered, publicly accountable NHS, and someone who is proud and privileged to work in the NHS, there was no question that I would ignore the motto of the NHSCA, which is Bevan's famous quote about the NHS:
Hence, in the memory of Aneurin Bevan, myself and Dr David Wilson, a fellow member of the NHSCA, will be carrying and posting 3 signed "Bevan's postcards" to David Cameron's constituency office in Witney and Number 10 Downing Street; and Andrew Lansley in the Department of Health.
We will not let the coalition Government steal the NHS from the nation without a fight.
Thank you for your support.”
Clive Peedell and David Wilson