I have just written to James Sunderland MP about the Conservative government, your governments, Health & Social care bill and what it will do to the NHS. The text of my letter is here:
As a Conservative counsillor I wonder if you are happy with your MP supporting the destruction of the NHS in all but name & clap, and ushering in an era of US style private medical services & insurance?
You may think constituents “don’t mind NHS privatisation” but they haven’t seen the bills yet. Or what it would cost them to insure themselves and their families.
You may think it’s right for private companies to have a role in the NHS, I don’t feel strongly either way, but I do feel strongly that if you remove the duty of the government to provide hospital services that can only be interpreted one way.
Do all you counsillors, your friends & family, have amazing private medical insurance? If not, you might want to worry about what this will do to people you care about.
Perhaps you could have a word with Mr Sunderland and your party colleagues about this and about the possible blowback of enabling profit & corruption off the backs of the sick?
I am writing in regard to the governments Health & Social Care bill and in particular some key concerns that have been raised:
1) Removal of statutory duty to arrange provision of secondary (e.g. hospital) medical services.
The only possible reason to want to remove a duty to arrange provision is because you don’t want to arrange provision, i.e. you want to reduce the provision of free healthcare and allow private medical companies & private insurance companies to grow. The Conservative government want to turn people being sick into a profit centre for their mates in private medical. How do we know this?
2) Removal of the obligation for public tendering for NHS services allowing ministers to circumvent normal procurement rules.
So, the VIP lane writ into law. Mates of the Health Secretary, or the Cabinet Secretary, or the Home Secretary or heaven only knows maybe your mates will be able to lobby that they should get a contract. We’ve seen with the PPE scandal how that works out. Billions of tax payer money “spaffed up the wall” by friends of the party regardless of whether they provide a service or whether it’s a shoddy service that they provide.
3) Provision to enable private companies to sit on ICS boards with no maximum representation while local authorities representation is strictly limited. So local people have no voice in how local services are run while the people profiting from them get unlimited say. Great to ensure there are no dissenting voices getting in the way of making a buck.
I could go on.
This bill ends the NHS in all but name & clap. It ushers in US style private health care and bungs to mates of the party.
You said you were happy with your stance on Owen Patterson and letting Tory MP’s police their own standards. Is this okay with you too?
Would you be happy explaining to your constituents your support for ending the NHS.
If not, what will you do? What will you do to safeguard the NHS for your constituents in Bracknell?
I am writing to you to express my disgust at your voting to whitewash Owen Patterson’s corrupt record and destroy independent oversight of MPs.
Own Patterson received payments from companies that he lobbied for to get government contracts without bidding. The commissioner has demonstrated that this is corrupt. Perhaps you think that is okay? If so, that says something damning about your moral compass. You and the rest of your ilk have also voted to make it okay for other MP’s to be corrupt. Perhaps you think that is okay too?
And we know why you did this. Boris Johnson. Who runs afraid of his own record being scrutinized. Remember Jennifer Accuri? Because we do. Remember expensive holidays and flat renovations? Because we do. You’re old enough to remember sleaze bringing down a past government. Perhaps you and your fellow MP’s should reflect on that and your chosen “leader”.
I look forward to the next election. You may think of yourself in a safe seat but I am determined to do my bit to remind the people of Bracknell of your record here and the shameful thing you have done to besmirch your good office.
And I am not alone.
I shall also be writing in the same terms to all of the Conservative councillors in Bracknell to ensure they also know what I think of their MP.
Please do me the courtesy of not sending me some pat PR release from Conservative HQ. Either do me the courtesy of replying yourself or wait for the judgement of the ballot box.