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Your decision: 13th December

December 15th, 2014 by

Every week a group of 38 Degrees members vote on which issues our movement should prioritise and which campaigns to get behind. Here are the results for last week.

Protecting the NHS by stopping the government’s dangerous plans like privatisation and closing A&E departments has come top this week followed closely by campaigning against TTIP – the trade deal that threatens our public services with permanent privatisation and would give companies the power to sue our government.

The next biggest issues were cracking down on tax dodging by big companies and making affordable housing a key issue in the General Election next year.

You can see how 38 Degrees members voted on other issues on the graph below. The blue on the graph shows how many people answered ‘a lot’ in support of the campaigns listed, the orange represents people answering ‘a little’, and the grey is ‘not at all’.

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NHS England: they’ve published their spending!

December 1st, 2014 by

NHS England – the people Jeremy Hunt put in charge of our NHS – kept promising to show us how they’re spending NHS money. They said they’d publish their receipts by 1st November, but we were left waiting.

So 38 Degrees members teamed up with transparency campaigners Spinwatch to pressure NHS England executives to open up.

All other government departments and their agencies publish monthly reports on all their spending over £25,000 – so why not NHS England? As Spinwatch say, “This was a commitment to transparency. But unlike all other government agencies, NHS England has never published details of where its money is going.”

75,000 of signed a petition calling for NHS England to publish their big spending. And they have! Just two days after Tamasin Cave, director of Spinwatch handed the petition straight to NHS England, they’ve published their spending details online. You can take a look here.

Here’s what Tamasin said: “I had been trying to get the data out of NHS England for nearly 3 months. They released it 48 hours after we delivered the petition. Thank you to the 75,000 people who were bothered by the lack of transparency and signed. The data is full of information, and I urge anyone to take a look at it. We can finally see where the money is going.”

Spinwatch have already been digging into the data, and there’s an article in the Guardian which gives loads of detail on who NHS England have been giving big chunks of NHS money to. It’s well worth a read – click here to read it. Here are some of the findings:

  • Care UK, one of the country’s biggest private health firms, received £112m from the NHS in a single year, 90% of which was for the provision of healthcare.
  • A string of controversial firms are retained by the central NHS board. Serco, admonished by MPs after it was revealed to have altered data about out-of-hours doctor services in Cornwall, was paid £10m by NHS England for providing healthcare.
  • And G4S, the troubled outsourcing firm, took £3.5m for medical services. Atos, the French IT company that ran fitness-for-work tests which ministers criticised for “quality failures”, received £2.7m last year.

Tamasin Cave, director of Spinwatch, told the Guardian: “The figures do begin to give us an accurate picture of the continuing cost of the reforms, the sums being spent on the new market in health services, and the flow of money to the private sector. In the data, there are bodies that evidently cost millions to set up just last year that don’t even exist today.”

What do you think of the NHS receipts? Is there a campaign 38 Degrees members could run? Comment below to share your thoughts and join the conversation.

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Banking fines go the NHS!

December 1st, 2014 by

On Sunday Chancellor George Osborne announced the government would put the £1.1bn from banker fines into NHS funding. Hurrah!

This is a huge victory for 38 Degrees members, who called for this as soon as the fines were announced. Within a few days 120,000 of us signed a petition to the Treasury.

It seems the government are slowly waking up to the fact that people want a properly funded NHS and the rich banking industry to pay its fair share.

Here’s a few pictures of 38 Degrees members, Sandra and Rachel, braving the rain to deliver the petition to the Treasury:

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We love our NHS poster – and ad!

November 21st, 2014 by

Here’s a poster you can put in your window:

And this is the advert 38 Degrees members paid for to go in the Guardian newspaper this morning, telling MPs we’re watching them:

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Save Our NHS petitions straight to MPs

November 21st, 2014 by

This morning 38 Degrees members delivered the Save Our NHS petition directly to MPs in parliament.

On behalf of over 230,000 38 Degrees members, Raj, Andy, Amanda, Rachel, Jane and Pamela handed MPs certificates with details of the number of constituents who’d signed their petition.

The petition box with the running total of signatures overall.

Members deliver the petition to MP for Newcastle Central, Chi Onwurah.

Members deliver the petition to MP for Brighton, Caroline Lucas.

MPs queue to receive their petitions.

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A law to reverse NHS privatisation: how MPs voted

November 21st, 2014 by

Here’s how MPs voted at the second reading of the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill. If they weren’t in Westminster at all, they don’t appear on this list. Data sourced from the parliamentary record.

AYES

  • Abbott, Ms Diane
  • Abrahams, Debbie
  • Ainsworth, rh Mr Bob
  • Alexander, rh Mr Douglas
  • Alexander, Heidi
  • Ali, Rushanara
  • Allen, Mr Graham
  • Anderson, Mr David
  • Ashworth, Jonathan
  • Austin, Ian
  • Bain, Mr William
  • Balls, rh Ed
  • Banks, Gordon
  • Barron, rh Kevin
  • Beckett, rh Margaret
  • Begg, Dame Anne
  • Benn, rh Hilary
  • Berger, Luciana
  • Blackman-Woods, Roberta
  • Blears, rh Hazel
  • Blomfield, Paul
  • Blunkett, rh Mr David
  • Brennan, Kevin
  • Brown, Lyn
  • Brown, rh Mr Nicholas
  • Brown, Mr Russell
  • Buck, Ms Karen
  • Burden, Richard
  • Burnham, rh Andy
  • Byrne, rh Mr Liam
  • Campbell, rh Mr Alan
  • Campbell, Mr Ronnie
  • Carswell, Douglas
  • Caton, Martin
  • Champion, Sarah
  • Chapman, Jenny
  • Clark, Katy
  • Clarke, rh Mr Tom
  • Clwyd, rh Ann
  • Coaker, Vernon
  • Connarty, Michael
  • Cooper, Rosie
  • Cooper, rh Yvette
  • Corbyn, Jeremy
  • Creagh, Mary
  • Creasy, Stella
  • Cryer, John
  • Cunningham, Alex
  • Cunningham, Mr Jim
  • Cunningham, Sir Tony
  • Curran, Margaret
  • Darling, rh Mr Alistair
  • David, Wayne
  • Davidson, Mr Ian
  • Davies, Geraint
  • De Piero, Gloria
  • Denham, rh Mr John
  • Dobson, rh Frank
  • Docherty, Thomas
  • Donohoe, Mr Brian H.
  • Doughty, Stephen
  • Dowd, Jim
  • Doyle, Gemma
  • Dromey, Jack
  • Dugher, Michael
  • Durkan, Mark
  • Eagle, Ms Angela
  • Eagle, Maria
  • Edwards, Jonathan
  • Efford, Clive
  • Elliott, Julie
  • Ellman, Mrs Louise
  • Engel, Natascha
  • Esterson, Bill
  • Evans, Chris
  • Farrelly, Paul
  • Fitzpatrick, Jim
  • Flello, Robert
  • Flint, rh Caroline
  • Flynn, Paul
  • Fovargue, Yvonne
  • Francis, Dr Hywel
  • Galloway, George
  • Gapes, Mike
  • Gardiner, Barry
  • George, Andrew
  • Gilmore, Sheila
  • Glass, Pat
  • Glindon, Mrs Mary
  • Godsiff, Mr Roger
  • Goodman, Helen
  • Greatrex, Tom
  • Green, Kate
  • Greenwood, Lilian
  • Griffith, Nia
  • Gwynne, Andrew
  • Hamilton, Mr David
  • Hamilton, Fabian
  • Hanson, rh Mr David
  • Harman, rh Ms Harriet
  • Harris, Mr Tom
  • Havard, Mr Dai
  • Healey, rh John
  • Heath, Mr David
  • Hendrick, Mark
  • Heyes, David
  • Hillier, Meg
  • Hilling, Julie
  • Hodgson, Mrs Sharon
  • Hoey, Kate
  • Hollobone, Mr Philip
  • Hosie, Stewart
  • Howarth, rh Mr George
  • Hunt, Tristram
  • Huppert, Dr Julian
  • Irranca-Davies, Huw
  • Jackson, Glenda
  • James, Mrs Siân C.
  • Jamieson, Cathy
  • Jarvis, Dan
  • Johnson, Diana
  • Jones, Graham
  • Jones, Mr Kevan
  • Jones, Susan Elan
  • Jowell, rh Dame Tessa
  • Kane, Mike
  • Kaufman, rh Sir Gerald
  • Keeley, Barbara
  • Kendall, Liz
  • Khan, rh Sadiq
  • Lammy, rh Mr David
  • Lavery, Ian
  • Lazarowicz, Mark
  • Lefroy, Jeremy
  • Leslie, Chris
  • Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
  • Lewis, Mr Ivan
  • Long, Naomi
  • Love, Mr Andrew
  • Lucas, Caroline
  • Lucas, Ian
  • MacNeil, Mr Angus Brendan
  • Mactaggart, Fiona
  • Mahmood, Shabana
  • Malhotra, Seema
  • Mann, John
  • Marsden, Mr Gordon
  • McCann, Mr Michael
  • McCarthy, Kerry
  • McDonagh, Siobhain
  • McDonald, Andy
  • McDonnell, John
  • McFadden, rh Mr Pat
  • McGovern, Alison
  • McGuire, rh Mrs Anne
  • McInnes, Liz
  • McKechin, Ann
  • McKenzie, Mr Iain
  • McKinnell, Catherine
  • Meacher, rh Mr Michael
  • Meale, Sir Alan
  • Mearns, Ian
  • Miliband, rh Edward
  • Miller, Andrew
  • Mitchell, Austin
  • Moon, Mrs Madeleine
  • Morden, Jessica
  • Morrice, Graeme (Livingston)
  • Morris, Grahame M. (Easington)
  • Mulholland, Greg
  • Murphy, rh Mr Jim
  • Murphy, rh Paul
  • Murray, Ian
  • Nandy, Lisa
  • Nash, Pamela
  • O’Donnell, Fiona
  • Onwurah, Chi
  • Osborne, Sandra
  • Owen, Albert
  • Pearce, Teresa
  • Perkins, Toby
  • Phillipson, Bridget
  • Pound, Stephen
  • Pugh, John
  • Qureshi, Yasmin
  • Raynsford, rh Mr Nick
  • Reckless, Mark
  • Reed, Mr Jamie
  • Reeves, Rachel
  • Reid, Mr Alan
  • Reynolds, Emma
  • Reynolds, Jonathan
  • Riordan, Mrs Linda
  • Robertson, Angus
  • Robertson, John
  • Robinson, Mr Geoffrey
  • Rotheram, Steve
  • Roy, Mr Frank
  • Ruane, Chris
  • Ruddock, rh Dame Joan
  • Russell, Sir Bob
  • Sarwar, Anas
  • Sawford, Andy
  • Seabeck, Alison
  • Sharma, Mr Virendra
  • Sheerman, Mr Barry
  • Sheridan, Jim
  • Shuker, Gavin
  • Skinner, Mr Dennis
  • Slaughter, Mr Andy
  • Smith, Angela
  • Smith, Nick
  • Smith, Owen
  • Spellar, rh Mr John
  • Straw, rh Mr Jack
  • Stringer, Graham
  • Stuart, Ms Gisela
  • Tami, Mark
  • Thomas, Mr Gareth
  • Thornberry, Emily
  • Timms, rh Stephen
  • Trickett, Jon
  • Turner, Karl
  • Twigg, Derek
  • Twigg, Stephen
  • Umunna, Mr Chuka
  • Vaz, Valerie
  • Walley, Joan
  • Watson, Mr Tom
  • Watts, Mr Dave
  • Weir, Mr Mike
  • Whiteford, Dr Eilidh
  • Whitehead, Dr Alan
  • Williams, Hywel
  • Williamson, Chris
  • Wilson, Phil
  • Winterton, rh Ms Rosie
  • Wishart, Pete
  • Woodcock, John
  • Wright, David
  • Wright, Mr Iain

Tellers for the Ayes: Nic Dakin and Tom Blenkinsop

NOES

  • Baldry, rh Sir Tony
  • Baldwin, Harriett
  • Bray, Angie
  • Chope, Mr Christopher
  • Davies, Philip
  • Dunne, Mr Philip
  • Eustice, George
  • Goodwill, Mr Robert
  • Gyimah, Mr Sam
  • Hands, rh Greg
  • Heald, Sir Oliver
  • Letwin, rh Mr Oliver
  • Nuttall, Mr David
  • Patel, Priti
  • Penning, rh Mike
  • Poulter, Dr Daniel
  • Swayne, rh Mr Desmond
  • Vaizey, Mr Edward

Tellers for the Noes: Anne Milton and Mr David Evennett

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NHS England: petition hand-in

November 19th, 2014 by

This is a guest blog from Tamasin Cave at Spinwatch. 38 Degrees members have teamed up with Spinwatch to uncover the truth on NHS England’s big spending.

“Today I went to NHS England to hand over our 75,000-strong petition demanding that they come clean about how the executives are spending NHS money. Because the people that Jeremy Hunt put in charge of our NHS won’t tell us who they’ve been giving big chunks of NHS money to. They won’t say how much is being given to private lobbying firms or profit-hungry management consultants.

This is a very different NHS England from the one NHS England promotes. Earlier this year, for example, it launched something called NHS Citizens, the express purpose of which is to listen to people’s views on the NHS, get them involved in decision-making and create a ‘new culture of collaboration between NHS England and the public’. ‘NHS England wants you to be actively involved at its very heart,’ it says. It’s ‘all about listening,’ says Simon.

And NHS England, like all other government agencies, is required every month to make public all its spending over £25,000. It never has. This summer, when asked about the anomaly, NHS England said it would publish the data in September. We are still waiting. Now NHS England knows that a lot of people care about where the money is going – so this might be the tipping point for them finally publishing the information.

Let’s hope that NHS England is listening. And then does what it should have been doing all along: tell us how they are spending our money.”

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All eyes on your MP

November 18th, 2014 by

Urgent: on Friday, MPs will vote on a new law to rein in NHS privatisation. If it passes, it would scrap the worst parts of the Health and Social Care Act – the terrible law which is forcing the steady privatisation and break-up of our health service.

The new law will also keep the NHS out of TTIP – the US-EU trade agreement that threatens to lock privatisation into public services. It’s simple: this new law would be great for our NHS.

Can you sign a petition to your MP asking them to turn up and vote the right way on Friday? MPs aren’t used to being the target of petitions: the last thing they want is hundreds of their constituents banding together. So the bigger this petition is, the more likely your MP is to listen.

Click here to tell your MP to vote to save our NHS on Friday.

Since the Health and Social Care Act passed in 2012, 38 Degrees members have watched in horror as health privatisation has gathered pace. In just one year, over £10bn of NHS funding ended up in the hands of profit-hungry companies. Our health service is under threat.

And now, with the government refusing to keep the NHS out of TTIP, it’s in even more danger. If TTIP goes through, and the NHS stays in the deal, it’ll be open season for private healthcare companies.

It’ll be a hard vote to win. But our NHS is worth fighting for even when the odds are against us. And win or not, politicians need to know that 38 Degrees members haven’t given up or gone away – we’re still here, we still care, and we’ll take every opportunity to get rid of privatisation in our NHS.

So let’s send each and every one of our MPs a clear message: we believe in a public NHS that provides decent care for everyone, whenever we need it. We will never sit back while our health service is under threat – and we will take every chance we have to try and save it.

NOTE
If your MP’s a speaker there’s no petition for your area. Read why here and see what else you can do to support the campaign.

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Save our NHS: 644 petitions – but not your constituency

November 18th, 2014 by

Hello! Wondering why you’ve ended up here?

If you live in:

  • Bristol South – your MP is Dawn Primarolo
  • Epping Forest – your MP is Eleanor Laing
  • Chorley – your MP is Lindsay Hoyle
  • Buckingham – your MP is John Bercow
  • Eltham – your MP is Clive Efford
  • Rochester and Strood – you don’t have an MP right now!

That means that 38 Degrees members in your constituency aren’t signing one of the 645 petitions across the country asking MPs to vote to reverse the worst bits of NHS privatisation on Friday. Why? Because Dawn Primarolo, Eleanor Laing, Lindsay Hoyle and John Bercow are speakers in the House of Commons, which mean they don’t get to vote. And Clive Efford is the MP behind the law they’re voting on, the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill, so he’ll be fully onside! And if you’re in Rochester and Strood, well – ain’t no MP at the moment.

So although you can’t get your MP behind this campaign, here’s a way to help other 38 Degrees members’ turn up the heat on their MPs. If you use Facebook or Twitter, click the buttons below to share the campaign with your friends, family and followers. At least some of them won’t live in one of the five constituencies!

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Banks vs the NHS

November 14th, 2014 by

The banks are in the news. They’ve been rigging the markets, and have been fined £1.1 billion by UK regulators because of their bad behaviour.

That’s a lot of cash. And the Government is about to decide what happens to it. So let’s make sure the money gets put to good use – by funding our NHS.

Our health service is under increasing pressure because of funding cuts, and services are being squeezed. George Osborne is about to make a decision about how the banking fines will be used. The Government want us to think that they care about the NHS. So let’s make them put their money where their mouths are and use this money to fund it.

If enough of us sign the petition today we could make it too embarrassing for Osborne to say no.

Click here to sign the petition to the Treasury today.

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