The Health bill : lack of coverage is a bad prognosis

Health and Social Care Bill has apparently been carried. The government won with a majority of 65. Look at the ‘debate’ here – a sedate affair, with plenty of jolly laughing, a bit of sexism, and an aside about the wonders of complementary medicine thrown in.

A sixth year debating society would have done better. Meantime, the Department of Health have provided a wishy washy and faint response to the 38 degrees criticism of the health bill, and Martin Beckford in the DT is pointing out that fixed beliefs held by ministers that private markets will be better for the NHS continue, despite droves of evidence to the contrary. Even more worrying is the Prime Ministers’ assertion that health professionals are for his reforms, despite the fact that representative bodies have rejected the bill, and the consistent voices of many thousands of doctors and nurses protesting against it.

Gerry Robinson in Panorama last night started to unravel the horrific mess which is being created in the NHS, despite recent research showing that it is one of the most cost-effective health care systems in the western world.

What to do? The next stage is the House of Lords. These appointees have no constituents. It is therefore important that they know who cares about this and why. One idea is to adopt a peer. I quite like the idea. Rather than despair, I’m going to start writing some letters.

6 Responses to “The Health bill : lack of coverage is a bad prognosis”

  1. Am Ang Zhang September 8, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    If they are that good, why are we owning so many bank shares? If they are that good why did Metronet failed? If they are that good why Southern Cross happened?

    The answers: they are good for themselves. They all made loads of money!!!


  2. Am Ang Zhang September 8, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    I was typing: Will it spread to other parts of this democratic Kingdom.

  3. Terry Burgess September 9, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    The lack of Media coverage of the NHS bill on Wednesday was truly shameful, especially by the BBC but I suppose that now that Chris Patten is in charge one could expect little else.

    I was most angry that 40 Lib-Dems voted to support the bill. I have written to my local Lib-Dems and told them that they will never have my vote again and I suggest that everyone else does the same – truly shameful.

    The adopt a peer campaign is a great idea. I have got some old codger called The Rt Hon the Lord Butler of Brockwell GCB CVO. Should wake him up when my letter plops through his letter-box if nothing else.

  4. Amy Harrow September 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    I agree with Terry the lack of coverage for this is appalling and the fact that the Prime Minister is saying he has backing when he doesn’t isn’t a surprise. Great post, would have been nice to see it covered in the news at 10 though.

  5. Shona September 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Have got my peer, some former libdem back bencher Baron something or other. Good idea that. Would a personal letter or one on my Hamilton practice headed paper be best I wonder?