Unison say Health Bill defeat is 'bitter disappointment'

Published on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 15:36
Posted by Scott Buckler

The defeat of proposals to limit the damaging impact of the Health and Social Care Bill in the House of Lords is a “bitter disappointment” said UNISON, the UK’s largest union today (12 October)

Christina McAnea, UNISON Head of Health, said:

We are bitterly disappointed that too many Lords failed to listen to the groundswell of opposition from the public, health professionals, charities, staff and unions to the dangers of the Health and Social Care Bill. It was a missed opportunity. Everyone was counting on them to rescue the NHS from the worst of the Tories’ excesses – and they have let them down.

“They should have voted to throw it out, or at the very least, supported the Owen amendment and refer the Bill to a special select committee. The NHS is too precious to rush through this Bill without the scrutiny the public wants and deserves.

“Today the Lords failed to save the NHS, but there is still a long way to go before this Bill goes through. UNISON will continue to keep up the pressure to make changes to this destructive Bill. The Coalition Government will rue the day that Lansley’s Bill signalled the end of the NHS as we know it”.

UNISON is opposed to the Health and Social Care Bill:

* It opens up the NHS to private profit. Taxpayers' money destined for NHS patients will be diverted into shareholder profits.

* NHS patients will be pushed to the back of the queue because the proposed Bill will take the cap off the amount hospitals can earn from private patients.

* It means competition, not co-operation. The government wants to run the NHS through competition between different health providers and market forces.

* It will create a huge postcode lottery. The care patients can expect will vary from place to place, increasing costs and health inequalities and hurting vulnerable people the most. No-one voted for this.

* The NHS is working and public satisfaction with the NHS is at an all time high.


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