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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.


  • 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


  • 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.

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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NHS England: What on earth are we paying for?

November 11th, 2014 by

Could Jeremy Hunt’s NHS executives be wasting millions of pounds of our money? For weeks, NHS England – the people he put in charge of our NHS – have been promising to show how they are spending our money. They said they’d publish their receipts by 1st November, but we’re still waiting.

The NHS is in a financial crisis, so services are being cut and doctors and nurses are being told to make massive savings. But we’re not being told how NHS England executives in HQ are spending huge chunks of our money. Are they directing money away from where it’s needed most?

38 Degrees members are teaming up with transparency campaigners Spinwatch to uncover the truth. If enough of us sign the petition to NHS England today, the public pressure could force them to open up. Together, we can get them to commit to the transparency they claim to champion. Click here to sign the petition and demand transparency from NHS England.

Here’s what Spinwatch say:

“Since May 2010, government departments and their agencies have published monthly reports on all their spending over £25,000. This was a commitment to transparency. But unlike all other government agencies, NHS England has never published details of where its money is going.”

So, how much are NHS bosses paying consultants and lobbying firms? Is there a revolving door between big business and the people making NHS policy? We have a right to check that the people at the top are spending our money wisely. Without these figures, we’ll never know.

38 Degrees members have held NHS England to account before. Together, earlier this year we got them to commit to publishing details of meetings with private companies. Now we can do it again. Let’s build a huge people-powered petition to hand to NHS bosses – and throw this issue into the spotlight.

Call on NHS England Chief Exec Simon Stevens to tell us where our money is going. Click here sign the petition. What’s he got hiding in his pandora’s box of receipts?

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It’s time to protect our medical data

November 7th, 2014 by

Care.data: the scheme that would give our personal medical data to private companies. It’s being rolled out in just a few weeks’ time.

But 92% of 38 Degrees members think we should get the scheme stopped until we can make sure our health data won’t end up in private hands. So let’s get going!

The scheme’s being tested in 6 pilot areas before it goes nationwide. We’ll need to throw everything at it in these areas if we want to stop the roll-out. We’ll have to show NHS England that thousands of us will opt out of the whole scheme if they won’t let us decide who gets our personal data.

So here’s the plan:
- First we let everyone know it’s happening. Thousands of us could call people living where it’s being rolled out first, telling them about Care.data. We could flyer every house, buy local advertising space and do lots of other things.
- Next, we help people opt out. We could build a website where people can opt out of Care.data easily until NHS England fix the scheme.

But we’ll need money to make all that happen. Will you chip in to help fund a massive campaign to get Care.data stopped in the pilot areas? Click here

Done right, Care.data could be used to make our NHS better. Our data could be used by researchers to develop new treatments and improve public health. But right now, NHS England won’t let us decide who gets our data: NHS doctors and researchers, or private companies.

If the pilot goes well, Care.data will be rolled out across the country. Together, we need to stop it now – and get it fixed – before it goes national. NHS England could change the system so that we can opt out of private companies getting our data. So let’s make sure they do.

The last time NHS England tried to sneakily hand our medical records to private companies, thousands of us threatened to opt out. So they ‘paused’ the project, and it looked like they’d backed down. This time, not much has changed. Their version of Care.data still stinks.

We need to show NHS bosses we want an NHS that works for us, not private companies – if they don’t change Care.data, the public will opt out.

But we’ll only be able to do this if enough of us chip in. Can you chip in a few pounds now to stop Care.data until it’s fixed?

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Is our NHS in Wales in crisis?

October 22nd, 2014 by

Over the last few months, stories about the state of healthcare in Wales have been bubbling up. Welsh hospitals have the worst waiting times in the UK, the care of elderly patients is poor, and people are heading to England just for treatment. These are a few of the shocking claims reported by the media.

Just last week, there were renewed calls for a public enquiry into NHS Wales. And today, there’s news that Unison’s NHS workers in Wales have voted to strike over pay. On face-value, it looks like we could be on the verge of a crisis. But is this true?

200 38 Degrees members in Wales have shared their thoughts by filling in a short survey. If you live in Wales, please could you share your thoughts too? Click here to take the survey.

So far, it’s pretty split. Many people have said that our NHS is in crisis – but haven’t had a bad experience themselves. The feeling is that this is due to lack of funding and creeping privatisation – decisions made at the top – rather than bad nurses and doctors.

38 Degrees members have picked out some particular services which are in crisis: A&E, GP surgeries, maternity, mental health and elderly care.

There’s also been a lot of love for the NHS in Wales in the comments. Cristina says “Since moving to Wales, I have received some of the best NHS care in my life. I have been promptly seen, treated with respect. I can only offer my sincere thanks and admiration to all concerned.”

Together, we decide what to campaign on. So please click here to take the survey and have your voice heard.


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