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NHS: Urgent petition

October 11th, 2011 by

Which way will they vote? This Wednesday the House of Lords makes a choice. They could wave through the government’s dangerous NHS plans. Or they could insist on proper scrutiny and big changes to protect our health service.

The press say it’s on a knife edge. It could come down to one or two votes. Together we can help tip the balance. If we can prove that the public wants Lansley’s plans put under the microscope, we can convince wavering Lords and Baronesses to stand up to the government and vote the right way.

Thousands of us have written personally to Lords and Baronesses. We know our message is starting to get through. Now let’s show wavering Lords just how many of us want them to vote to protect our NHS – by building a huge, people powered petition.

The vote is on Wednesday afternoon, and we’ll need to deliver the petition just before it starts. Please add your name now. 

An influential Lord, David Owen, has announced he will call a vote to put Lansley’s NHS plan under the microscope, by creating a special ‘select committee’. The committee would investigate key concerns of ours – like scrapping of the Secretary of State’s “duty to provide” health services. We can win this vote! And if we do, it will be a massive boost to our chances of stopping dangerous changes to the NHS being forced through.

The government doesn’t want this to happen. They’re doing all they can to pressure Lords to toe the line.  We can outweigh that pressure with people power. Let’s prove to the Lords that the government doesn’t speak for us. We never voted for this dangerous NHS plan and we can show our support for Lords’ efforts to stop it.

Please take 30 seconds to add your name to the urgent petition to the House of Lords. 

There’s a lot at stake here. We all rely on the NHS to look after us and to look after our loved ones. We know that if the government’s plans go through unchanged, we could lose our health service forever. The House of Lords could be our best hope of protecting our health service for future generations.

Thousands of 38 Degrees members have sent personal emails to Lords and Baronesses, telling them why the NHS matters so much. Now let’s back that up with big numbers. Let’s build a huge petition to the Lords to show them how many of us support efforts to protect the health service.

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  • Gill

    I received your email regarding this. As a scot living in Scotland I will not be signing your petition. I do not feel it is right or fair to involve other nations in political issues which effect England only. I am constantly being reminded how unfair it is for Scottish mps to be voting on English issues and I absolutly aggree.I object to Scottish Labour & Libdems voting on English only issues. Oh aye and also that Tory MP , can’t mind his name, irrelevant really!The SNP have more respect for England & abstain from voting on issues which have no bearing on Scotland and I, like many Scots follow this line, so in the name of democracy and fairness I will not be signing this petition or any other that is an English only issue. I really don’t think you should be encouraging Scots to get involved in English only issues.There’s plenty people in England to stand up for NHS England after all it’s a service every one needs at some point.When I joined 38degrees I was asked for my postcode & it was used for a St Andrews day questionnaire so can you not figure out the English NHS has nothing to do with Scots. Or did you send the Scottish questionable out to England too??I hope you get the NHS result you need,whatever the issue maybe, I’m sorry but I really don’t have a clue as to what’s going on with NHS England, just as I wouldn’t expect you guys to know know much about NHS Scotland.Best of luck 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIECW3BTOOKFRGDGQA4X5NTUSM Jean

    Gill am i missing somethig ,you state the NHS has nothing to do with Scotland When did we become an independent nation, as far as i know, we are still part of great britain so the House of Lords still apply to Scotland.I would like to point out the HEALTH SERVICE is national service not a seperate service which belongs to only part of  Britain. So until we gain Independance i am afraid you are still regarded as part of the United Kingdom .

  • Woottonm

    As  an  ex-nurse,  I  am  very  concerned  about  the  proposals  intended  for  the  NHS.  I  think  it  will  be  a  disaster.  Why  was  it  all  kept  so  quiet ?   Obviously  because  the  reaction  would  be  dead  against  it.   I  can  remember  the  days  before  the  NHS  came  into  being,  and  how  many  people  died  unnecessarily. 
                                      PLEASE  reconsider  this.

                                                                                    Mary  Wootton,  SRN   

  • Gill

    Hi Jean, Sorry but I think you are kinda are missing something. There are separate NHS systems for each country. NHS England, NHS Wales & NHS Scotland are they’re all totally independent of each other. They are run and funded separately. Health care is devolved to each country. Decisions on Health in Scotland are made by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament. Decisions on NHS England are made by MPs in Westminster. The Scottish Government have no say on NHS England. The UK Gov has no say on NHS Scotland. Westminster MPs have no say in Scotland . However, in England all MPs make the decisions, that includes MPs from ALL other nations like Scotland, including my Labour MP, which I believe is unfair, it does not affect his constituents or his family so why should he be voting on it? It’s the same for education. He voted for tuition fees in England, but his kids get free uni fees in Scotland.(education policy for Scots is decided in the Scottish parliament)

    I feel I’m being fair by not having a say one way or another on devolved matters like health.I would not like people in another country having a say on things in my country when they have no understanding about it and it will not effect them. I have absolutely no idea as to what goes on with NHS England or Wales or, we have our own issues up here with NHS Scotland and I wouldn’t expect the average person in England or Wales etc. to know about them any more than I would know about their issues. Asking me and asking me or asking me to approach my MP on things like this would be like asking someone in France or Germany!

    Have a wee think about it Jean should someone in the Shetland’s have a scobbie about it? Should they be having a say on it? Worse, should their MP have a say on it? I say NO … in the name of democracy!

    I feel the media and groups like 38degrees should be clarifying these issues as it’s just confusing people. It’s easy just name it. NHS England!

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