Tony Greenstein | 11 March 2016 | Post Views:

Peter Kyle – Hove Labour MP Opposes Bill because the Private Sector provides ‘innovation’ in the NHS

Caroline Lucas MP addressing the demonstrators before setting off for the House of Commons

On a cold and
wintry Friday morning, about 100 demonstrators, together with a samba band, gave
a send off at Brighton railway station to Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton
Pavilion and the proposer of the NHS Reinstatement Bill.

Momentum supporters from Brighton Labour Party in support of the NHS Reinstatement Bill
A group of us
from the Labour Party were at the picket from Momentum in order to emphasise
that this was a Bill deserving of support from socialists in the Labour
demonstration at Brighton station
I was told that the New Labour Tory Lite MP for Hove, Peter Kyle, was not going
to support the Bill as he supports the involvement of the private sector NHS.  Kyle is the pro-war MP for Hove who was
probably to  the right of the losing Tory
candidate at the last election, Graham Cox!

If it is true that Kyle opposed the bill because he believes that innovation only comes from the private sector in the NHS, as opposed to grubbing around for profits that could be used for the benefit of all, then Kyle deserves to be censured by the District Labour Party in Brighton for scabbing on the NHS.

The purpose of
the Bill is to repair some of the damage to the NHS caused by the Tory/Lib Dem Health
& Social Care Act 2012 and to fully
restore the NHS as an accountable public service by reversing 25
years of marketization in the NHS, by abolishing the purchaser-provider split,
ending contracting and re-establishing public bodies and public services
accountable to local communities.
is necessary to stop the dismantling of the NHS under the Health and Social
Care Act 2012. It is driven by the needs of local communities. Scotland and
Wales have already reversed marketization and restored their NHS without
massive upheaval. England can too.
Bill gives flexibility in how it would be implemented, led by local authorities
and current bodies.
  • reinstate the government’s duty to provide the
    key NHS services throughout England, including hospitals, medical and
    nursing services, primary care, mental health and community services,
  • integrate health and social care services,
  • declare the NHS to be a “non-economic service of
    general interest” and “a service supplied in the exercise of governmental
    authority” so asserting the full competence of Parliament and the devolved
    bodies to legislate for the NHS without being trumped by EU competition
    law and the World Trade Organization’s General Agreement on Trade in
  • abolish the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England)
    and re-establish it as a Special Health Authority with regional
  • plan and provide services without contracts
    through Health Boards, which could cover more than one local authority
    area if there was local support,
  • allow local authorities to lead a ‘bottom up’
    process with the assistance of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS
    trusts, NHS foundation trusts and NHS England to transfer functions to
    Health Boards,
  • Defend NHS Speaker
  • abolish NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts and
    CCGs after the transfer by 1st January 2018,
  • abolish Monitor – the regulator of NHS foundation
    trusts, commercial companies and voluntary organisations – and repeal the
    competition and core marketization provisions of the 2012 Act,
  • integrate public health services, and the duty to
    reduce inequalities, into the NHS,
  • re-establish Community Health Councils to
    represent the interest of the public in the NHS,
  • stop licence conditions taking effect which have
    been imposed by Monitor on NHS foundation trusts and that will have the
    effect of reducing by April 2016 the number of services that they
    currently have to provide,
  • require national terms and conditions under the
    NHS Staff Council and Agenda for Change system for relevant NHS staff,
  • centralise NHS debts under the Private Finance
    Initiative (PFI) in the Treasury, require publication of PFI contracts and
    also require the Treasury to report to Parliament on reducing NHS PFI
  • abolish the legal provisions passed in 2014
    requiring certain immigrants to pay for NHS services
  • declare the UK’s agreement to the proposed
    Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and other international
    treaties affecting the NHS to require the prior approval of Parliament and
    the devolved legislatures,
  • require the government to report annually to
    Parliament on the effect of treaties on the NHS.

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